Boston Adult Literacy Initiative

The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) 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. In Fiscal Year 2019, ALI programs provided more than 500 seats in adult basic education classes, and more than 1,600 in English language classes, for Boston residents.

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.


BostonHires is a City-led collaboration with employers and job placement providers to promote good jobs for Boston residents. The campaign aims to place 20,000 residents in good jobs – defined as jobs that pay at least Boston’s living wage, with half of these offering employer-sponsored benefits – by 2022.

Learn more about BostonHires.

City Academy

City Academy is a training pipeline for Boston residents to access entry-level City positions that offer good wages, health benefits, pensions, and opportunities for advancement.

Learn more about City Academy

Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative

The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative (GBAAI) is a five-year project to create and expand apprenticeship opportunities in construction, emergency medical services, facilities maintenance, and hospitality. 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.

OFE programs include:

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


While OWD focuses on equipping both youth and adults with the economic tools required in today’s workplace, 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.

Rising Together

Rising Together is a coordinated effort to increase employment among youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Led by OWD, Rising Together convenes stakeholders to address challenges in identifying, training, and employing these youth and young adults.

Learn more about Rising Together.

Tuition-Free Community College Plan

Mayor Walsh launched the Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan to help income-eligible residents afford college. The plan pays for up to three years of tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students entering Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College or Roxbury Community College. Some TFCC students can also attend Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology free of tuition or mandatory fees.

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, 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.

Youth Options Unlimited Boston

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.

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