This Program Connects Boston Teens With Their Community — And Earns Them a Paycheck

ABCD’s WorkSMART program is expanding thanks to a grant from the NBA Foundation

Young people in Boston are earning a pay check, all while making a difference in their own community.

ABCD’s WorkSMART program is helping to connect under-resourced teens in Boston and Medford to meaningful internship opportunities in the city with local employers and organizations.

Now, thanks to a grant from the NBA Foundation, the program is expanding as it quadruples the number of young people it can place into internships over the next next two years.

“We’ve seen the need grow,” President and CEO of ABCD Sharon Scott-Chandler said. “Young people need to be engaged. They need to have in-person relationships, they need to be busy, they need to earn money. And so we’ve seen more interest from youth and we’ve seen more interest from work worksite partners over these last several months.”