City touts available summer jobs for youth

The Mattapan Teen Center turned into a recruitment center on April 6 as city officials began publicizing a finely tuned youth summer jobs program that will offer up to 7,000 opportunities for youth ages 14-18.

Gone are the days of the “red shirts” toiling in the weeds of the neighborhood’s many vacant lots through July and August. Now young people can be matched with jobs that could produce a career pathway while also paying a competitive wage, officials said.

Mayor Wu joined the teens in Mattapan to introduce this summer’s “historic investment” in new opportunities and to explain changes aimed at easing access to those jobs.

Sharon Scott-Chandler, director of the nonprofit ABCD, noted that it alone hopes to hire 1,700 young people citywide for summer jobs, but need to get the word out now to fill those positions.