The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development oversees several programs and collaborative initiatives designed to promote economic opportunity for Boston’s residents. Learn more about these programs below.

Education Programs

Adult Literacy Initiative
ALI is a consortium of adult education 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.

ReadBoston
ReadBoston is an early childhood literacy program that sets young children on the path to reading success. ReadBoston reaches children at all points during the day, all year long.

Tuition-Free Community College Plan
The Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan helps income-eligible residents afford college. The plan pays for tuition and mandatory fees at five participating colleges.

Financial Programs

Boston Tax Help Coalition
The Coalition provides low- and moderate-income taxpayers with free tax preparation at volunteer-staffed sites throughout Boston.

Office of Financial Empowerment
The Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) equips residents with the services they need to increase their income, trim unnecessary costs, and build wealth. OFE programs include:

Hiring Programs

Boston Employer Forum Series
The Boston Employer Forum Series convenes virtual panel discussions on hiring conditions in local industries. These panels are free and open to the public.

BostonHires
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 by 2022.

Job Training Programs

City Academy
City Academy is a training pipeline for Boston residents to access entry-level City positions that offer good wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. There are two training tracks: CDL/Hoisting, and Emergency Medical Services.

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.

Legal & Compliance Programs

Project Opportunity
A criminal record can pose a significant barrier to employment. That’s why Project Opportunity connects residents with legal experts who can determine if their records can be sealed or expunged.

Wage Theft & Living Wage Division
To ensure that Boston’s workers are being fairly paid, the Wage Theft & Living Wage Division investigates complaints of wage theft and living wage violations and helps employers come into compliance.

Youth Programs

Rising Together
Rising Together convenes stakeholders in a coordinated effort to increase employment among youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Youth Options Unlimited Boston
Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston provides case management and job readiness programming to court-involved and at-risk young people.

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