Boston’s summer youth jobs program will include two new features this year: 1) A Learn & Earn Career Development Internship that pays participants for college-level coursework, and 2) An online resource guide that includes a primer on workers’ rights compiled by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO). 

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development collaborated with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment on both projects, which support the career readiness of summer jobs participants.

One of the Summer Youth Employment Program’s four tracks, the Learn & Earn Career Development Internship pays over 500 young people to participate in courses at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, or Urban College of Boston. Most of these courses confer 3-6 college credits. Participants also benefit from peer study sessions and the guidance of a career coach.

While these classes can give participants a leg up toward a degree, the online resource guide covers an array of topics that are vital to young workers both in their current jobs and in their careers ahead. The guide, Resources for youth employees, offers resources that range from information on legal rights and workplace safety protocols to job training, education, and financial empowerment opportunities.

Read the City of Boston press release to learn more.

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