Henry Smith, 86; former director of ABCD SummerWorks 

by Bryan Marquard, The Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/27/2015 Categories: SummerWorks Youth Services Youth Unemployment

"Summer was anything but a vacation for Henry Smith, who managed Action for Boston Community Development’s employment and training program, ensuring that at-risk youths had jobs during the months when school was out." read more.

Boston Police Work to Improve Relationship with Community 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Paul Burton of WBZ-TV, August 16, 2014

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SummerWorks Program Helps Kids Fight for a Better Life 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald, August 16, 2014

Growing up in Dorchester, Tina Lewis-Ware watched her single mother scramble to pay the bills and raise four daughters. Her mom had dropped out of high school, worked at a dry cleaners and tirelessly cooked and cleaned.

“I used to hate seeing her struggle,” Tina recalled yesterday.

Yesterday, Tina was among 150 youngsters honored at the Mattapan Family Service Center for taking part in this year’s SummerWorks program run by Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).

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ABCD's SummerWorks is More Than a Job 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

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.

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Summer Vacation Programs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/28/2014 Categories: SummerWorks YEA! Initiative

South End News, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ABCD Summerworks: Apply online 24 hours a day and follow the step-by-step instructions by reading and completing the application with a parent or guardian. You can also apply in person at your local neighborhood ABCD office. Applicants must be residents of Boston, be between the ages of 14 and 21, and be income eligible. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee a summer job. Applications must be submitted by Jun 13! 617-348-6548, www.summerworks.net

ABCD’s Youth Engaged In Action: This is a FREE 3 week summer program for 13 year olds. Participating students will focus on job readiness, financial literacy, and civic engagement. Participants will also earn $100 in gift cards. Deadline: May 30. 617-348-6583,www.bostonabcd.org

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SummerWorks 2014 Kick off Rally 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/17/2014 Categories: SummerWorks

BY  Fenway News ⋅ APRIL 16, 2014

ABCD SummerWorks Making that First Summer Job Possible for low-income Boston Youth

Kick-off Rally opportunity for young people to sign up, learn more about work and educational opportunities

 WHAT:  ABCD’s kick off rally for SummerWorks 2014.  Hundreds of young people seeking summer jobs will fill out applications, enjoy a “back yard barbecue” and learn about work opportunities and summer programs around Boston.   ABCD staff and local leaders will discuss what is needed to provide jobs and fund summer jobs program in Boston.

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ABCD's Field of Dreams Helping Fund Summer Employment for inner-city Youth  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/10/2014 Categories: Field of Dreams SummerWorks

Join us for our 17th Anniversary at Fenway Park! Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interested in getting involved? We’re signing up teams and sponsors for 2014 now! Watch Video feature from Fox 25 news from April 10, 2013.

Youth, officers celebrate graduation of teens from BPD’s Youth Police Academy 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/28/2013 Categories: SummerWorks YEA! Initiative

by Patrick D. Rosso | Boston Globe 

Before they entered the Boston Police Department’s Youth Police Academy summer program, the teens had certain wary perceptions about the officers that patrolled their streets. And the officers had ideas about the youth, as well.

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SummerWorks & YEA! – Youth Summer Programs 

7/30/2013 Categories: SummerWorks YEA! Initiative

Yadires Nova-Salcedo | Channel 4 "Centro"

ABCD's Eric Mitchell speaks out on SummerWorks and the new "YEA!" program for 13-year-olds.

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Parkway teens earn money, gain experience with summer jobs 

5/28/2013 Categories: SummerWorks

By Nancy Rabinowitz/Wicked Local correspondent
Wicked Local Roslindale
May 08, 2013

Roslindale/West Roxbury —While leisurely summer vacations may fill the schedules of some teenagers, other local teens say they are relishing the idea of working at a summer job, providing them not only with cash, but also with a springboard to college and beyond.

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