Massport Program Supports Summer Jobs for Youth
Program funds 300 summer jobs at 40 organizations
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced grants totaling $450,000 to fund summer employment for more than 300 students as part of the Authority’s Community Summer Jobs Program.
The summer jobs program is designed to assist civic and social service agencies by providing funds to support youth programs and summer employment. Massport’s Community Summer Jobs Program benefits communities where Massport facilities are located -- Charlestown, Chelsea, East Boston, South Boston, Revere, Winthrop; the towns of Bedford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln; and the City of Worcester. This year’s program will fund summer employment at 40 organizations.
“Helping students from our impacted communities get ahead in life is one of the important things that Massport is able to do as good corporate neighbor,” said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO. “It has always been a priority to fund the summer jobs program, even during the toughest of times. Summer jobs give students a chance to learn the value of a job, network among peers, and earn income to assist with college and living expenses.”
Participating agencies are responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and supervising summer employees. Since the program started in 1991 more than 6000 summer jobs have been funded for local high school and college students allowing young people the opportunity to gain valuable job skills while serving their community.
In addition to Massport’s $400,000 investment in the community summer jobs program, Massport will also contribute $50,000 to the City of Boston to support Mayor Thomas Menino’s summer youth employment efforts.
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