John Hancock commits $1M to fund 635 summer jobs in Boston Since its inception, MLK Scholars has provided nearly 7,000 jobs, financial literacy training, and leadership development opportunities to Boston teens while building summer program capacity among service providers

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PR Newswire 12-Jan-2018 10:00 AM
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BOSTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --John Hancock is awarding over $1 million in grants through its MLK Scholars program to provide 635 Boston teens with summer jobs at 65 non-profit organizations. This year marks the eleventh consecutive year of the program.
MLK Scholars is believed to be the largest, most comprehensive, corporate-based summer jobs program of its kind in the nation. John Hancock oversees the program and works in close partnership with The City of Boston, The Boston Globe, Boston University, and Partners HealthCare, with additional support from The Ad Club of Boston. John Hancock also counts on EverFi, Boston Cares, and The Center for Teen Empowerment to help develop and implement its summer programming.
"The John Hancock MLK Scholars program shows that when Boston and its companies work hand in hand, lives can truly change," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "These summer jobs for our Boston students provide so much more than just a paycheck -- summer jobs provide independence, financial literacy, valuable work experience, and knowledge that all opportunities are possible."
Through the annual million-dollar program, Boston high school students spend the summer working at non-profit agencies across the city, gaining valuable real-work skills and engaging on issues that affect their community. Throughout the summer, all of the scholars participate in "Mayor Menino Leadership Forums," which offer hands-on leadership development training at Boston University. Each Scholar is also required to complete digital financial literacy training.
Non-profits receive funding for each Scholar position awarded to provide paid summer employment to Boston teens. Sixty-five local non-profits, addressing a myriad of important community issues, were selected to participate in 2018. (See below for full list.)
"John Hancock is committed to healthier, more equitable communities," said Thomas Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel, John Hancock Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations. "MLK Scholars empowers young people to improve their overall wellbeing by gaining important career readiness and financial literacy skills, building positive relationships, and supporting good decision-making for themselves and for their futures."
"The Dimock Center is incredibly grateful to partner with John Hancock for the MLK Scholars Program, said President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dimock Center, Myechia Minter-Jordan, M.D., MBA. "Over the past seven years, MLK Scholars have contributed significantly to Dimock, working in our health center, Head Start classrooms and administrative offices. We are committed to nurturing the potential of talented young leaders and mentoring them as they consider their future goals, and thrilled that two former MLK Scholars now work in our Child and Family Services division. We are honored to count John Hancock as one of Dimock's most significant partners, and we look forward to our continued work together through the MLK Scholars Program."
For more information regarding John Hancock's MLK Scholars Program, visit MLK Scholars.
Non-profit organizations receiving MLK Scholars grants for 2018 are:
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Artists For Humanity BCYF Menino Community Center Bikes Not Bombs Boch Center Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Boston Dance Alliance Inc Boston Debate League Boston Harbor Now Boston Landmarks Orchestra Inc Boston Partners in Education Boston Police Department Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Inc Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester Breakthrough Greater Boston Inc BUILD Camp Harbor View Catholic Charities - St. Peter's Teen Center Codman Square Health Center College Bound Dorchester Community Rowing Inc Courageous Sailing Center for Youth Inc Crossroads for Kids Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Federation For Children With Special Needs Inc Foundation For Boston Centers For Youth & Families Inc Freedom House Future Chefs Handel and Haydn Society Hawthorne Youth and Community Center Hyde Square Task Force Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion Leap Self-Defense Inc Level Ground Madison Park Development Corporation Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety & Health Inc Mattapan Teen Center Maverick Landing Community Services MetroLacrosse Museum of African American History Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Science Partners for Youth with Disabilities Phillips Brook House Association Incorporated Polus Center for Social & Economic Development Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Sociedad Latina South Boston Community Health Center South Boston Leadership Initiative Inc South Boston Neighborhood House Inc South End Technology Center Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center St Peter Academy Inc St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Student Athletes Rising Summer Search The Center for Teen Empowerment The Dimock Center UMass Boston - Urban Scholars Program Upham's Corner Community Center Urban Farming Institute Of Boston West End House Yawkey Club of Roxbury Youth Enrichment Services Inc YouthBuild Boston ZUMIX
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