Boston Adult Literacy Initiative

The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative is a consortium of adult literacy programs in the city of Boston that are supported by state and/or city funding and meet regularly to share best practices and work on professional development.

For more information on the Boston Adult Literacy Initiative, please visit the website.

Boston Tax Help Coalition

Dedicated to bolstering economic independence for individuals and families, the Coalition has provided low- and moderate-income taxpayers with free financial services since 2001. It provides free tax preparation at volunteer-staffed locations around Boston and offers a year-round financial coaching program.

For more information on the Boston Tax Help Coalition’s various programs, please visit the website.

Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative

The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative (GBAAI) is a five-year project to create and expand apprenticeship opportunities in the local construction and hospitality industries. The GBAAI includes pre-apprenticeship training, apprenticeship placement services, and opportunities for apprentices to earn college credit on the job.

Learn more about the GBAAI.

Neighborhood Jobs Trust

The Neighborhood Jobs Trust is a public charitable trust fed by linkage fees from developers of large-scale commercial projects in the City of Boston. The money in the trust supports such services as job training and retraining, employment counseling and job placement services, adult literacy and alternative education programs, and related supportive services.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Jobs Trust.

Office of Financial Empowerment

Established to help address poverty and income inequality in Boston, the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) seeks to counter income inequality and promote high-wage growth by embedding financial empowerment strategies into existing infrastructure.

For more information on the Office of Financial Empowerment’s various programs, please visit the website.

ReadBoston

While the OWD focuses on equipping both youth and adults with the economic tools required in today’s workplace, the OWD realizes that many of these efforts start early. Through ReadBoston, children are reached at all points during the day, all year long to set Boston’s children on the path to reading success.

For more information on ReadBoston’s various programs, including Storymobile, please visit the website.

Tuition-Free Community College Plan

Mayor Walsh launched the Tuition-Free Community College Plan to help low-income Boston Public Schools graduates afford community college. The plan, which is funded by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust and the OWD, pays for up to three years of tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students entering Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College or Roxbury Community College.

Learn more about the Tuition-Free Community College Plan.

Wage Theft & Living Wage Division

To help ensure that Boston’s workers are being fairly paid, the OWD’s Wage Theft & Living Wage Division follows up on complaints of wage theft and living wage violations. Wage theft is an employer’s unlawful failure to pay workers the wages they are due. Employers who contract with the city of Boston for over $25,000 must also pay their workers a living wage. In addition to pursuing complaints, the division also helps employers come into compliance with living wage laws.

Learn more about the Wage Theft & Living Wage Division.

WriteBoston

The OWD recognizes the importance of promoting deep learning through writing, providing students a foundation they need to succeed. WriteBoston focuses on building teacher capacity to teach and use writing to support student learning across all content areas, having developed an effective coaching model and provided direct writing support to more than 2,300 students through its Writing Centers.

For more information on WriteBoston’s various programs, please visit the website.

Youth Options Unlimited Boston

The OWD is determined to include all Boston’s youth in its workforce development efforts, regardless of background or challenges. Through OWD’s Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston, a broad range of services is provided to court-involved youth from 14 to 24 years of age as part of YOU Boston’s youth re-entry program.

For more information on YOU Boston’s various programs, please visit the website.