At least 40% more young workers will be hired this year through the summer jobs program of Action for Boston Community Development, the local anti-poverty agency known by its acronym, ABCD.
In the past few years, ABCD has offered between 1,000 and 1,200 summer jobs to Boston teens. This summer they are looking to hire 1,700. The program, called SummerWorks, connects 14- to 21-year-olds to summer jobs with nonprofits in neighborhoods and communities across Boston.
“Its importance is really to give youth an opportunity to gain skills, to have their first job, to really be able to reap the positive outcomes of having a job as a teenager,” said Sharon Scott-Chandler, executive director of ABCD. “I think all of us have had jobs when we were teens, and we know that your first job really lays the foundation for positive work experience in the future for higher incomes.”