by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe, August 8, 2014
If there’s one thing John Drew never gets tired of, it’s his summer jobs program.
Drew has spent well over 40 years at Action for Boston Community Development, the antipoverty agency where he is the chief executive. ABCD’s good works are almost too many to mention here, but among those good deeds is introducing young people to the world of work.
Boston is filled with examples of Summerworks grads who went on to success. “Billy Evans told me this was his first job,” Drew said Thursday of the city’s police commissioner. “Felix Arroyo was in this program as a teenager. So was Tito Jackson,” said Drew, referring to the city health chief and city counselor, respectively. “Of course, some of the kids have gone to jail, too.”
Drew was at the Prince Hall Lodge in Grove Hall, at a ceremony honoring the 1,300 young people who work for the agency this year. They make minimum wage, doing anything from picking up trash to counseling kids.