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Thursday, February 28, 2019

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SUCCESSLINK

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES ?SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SUCCESSLINK
BOSTON - Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the opening of SuccessLink, the City of Boston's online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. Boston teens between the ages of 15-18 can apply on the Department of Youth Engagement & Employment (YEE) website on ?youth.boston.gov. The SuccessLink application will be available through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, 2019.

"The SuccessLink Youth Summer Jobs program is a critical part of our effort to provide young people with chances to build lifelong skills, confidence and personal success through youth workforce opportunities," said Mayor Walsh. "I encourage all Boston teens to register for the program, and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to get a head start in learning the workplace skills that will last a lifetime."

In 2018, the City of Boston served over 10,600 young people through summer jobs, civic engagement, career development training, impact projects. Every year, the City of Boston partners with hundreds of community-based nonprofit organizations across the city to provide meaningful employment opportunities. Participants can work in various positions that include after-school program assistant, administrative assistants, mural painters, peer leaders, and more.

"The Mayor's Youth Summer Jobs Program plays an integral role in positively shaping the future trajectory of Boston's youth," said Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services. "Through the program, youth are introduced to an array of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and work opportunities that can increase our youth's social capital, all while giving them the hard and soft skills they need to thrive in their future career."

The Department of Youth Engagement & Employment serves as a youth engagement resource center and works to advance the lives of Boston's youth through employment opportunities, career development training, and youth engagement.

The SuccessLink Youth Summer Jobs program advances youth workforce development and increases the impact of community-based organizations by employing almost 4,000 of Boston's youth at local non-profits.

"Creating more opportunities for Boston's youth through workforce and civic engagement is central to our mission, and our department has a unique opportunity to connect youth with organizations that see the value of their work, while moving Boston forward as an innovative and engaging city," said Department of Youth Engagement & Employment, Director, Rashad Cope.

"During high school, youth jobs are important because they expose youth to future career interest while allowing you the opportunity to build relationships with employers. I'm currently employed as a Youth Director on the Mayor's Youth Council", said Mohamed Abannor, Senior at Horace Mann School for the Deaf. "As a deaf student, at first, I was not confident with public speaking and I only felt connected with deaf and hard of hearing people. Since being employed as a Youth Director on the Mayor's Youth Council, I have gained skills in public speaking, networking, problem-solving, innovative thinking, empathy, and listening to different perspective and ideas. It's made me feel more comfortable and accepted in the hearing community."

Registering for SuccessLink is available online. Teens ages 15-18 interested in registering must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
  • Must have been born between July 8, 2004, and August 16, 2000
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States
Registering for a summer position with SuccessLink does not guarantee a job. Applicants are welcome to register online at Youth Summer Jobs or visit Department of Youth Engagement & Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury, or call 617-635-4202 for registration assistance.

The City also invites youth to register for the 2019 City of Boston Youth Job and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 30th, 2019, from 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120. This year's theme, "Success Awaits, Come Find It," aspires to connect Boston's youth with onsite summer workforce development opportunities through engaging with employers, job placement, career development workshops, access to youth-serving organizations and more!

We invite youth to register here and parents to sign up to volunteer here to support Boston's youth.

House Passes $135 Million Supplemental Budget

House Passes $135 Million Supplemental Budget; Heating Assistance, Homeless Shelters among key initiatives funded
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BOSTON?–?Representative Ultrino ?joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass a supplemental budget which addresses multiple areas including heating assistance, enhanced support for victims or sexual assault, and programs to help those battling homelessness.
The spending bill, approximately $135 million, highlights the House’s ongoing commitment? in support of critical social service investments while balancing fiscal prudence; this practice has resulted in Massachusetts prioritizing its most vulnerable residents while maintaining a strong and diverse economy.?
?“With state residents still facing winter weather, this supplemental budget provides vital funds for heating assistance,” said?House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop).?“I thank Chairman Michlewitz and the members of the House for passing this legislation which provides funding for a number of important areas.”
“This legislation funds critical investments that the Commonwealth needs in order to continue to provide the services that our constituents so rely on,”?said?Representative Steven Ultrino. “This budget ensures that we maintain high quality services and programs for our neediest citizens”.
The supplemental budget makes key investments in crucial areas?
-$30 million for Low Income Heating Energy Assistance to make up for Federal funding shortfalls.
-$10 million to fund emergency assistance for homeless families
-$8 million to begin to address the backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits at the State Police Crime Lab.
-$39 million to fund ratified-collective bargaining agreements at various state agencies.