Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the opening of SuccessLink, an online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. The SuccessLink application will be available through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the BCYF Youth Engagement & Employment (YEE) Division website on youth.boston.gov.
“The summer youth jobs program is an important opportunity that helps provide many of our young people with the chance to build lifelong skills and confidence, and begin their professional career,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage all Boston teens to take a look at the SuccessLink portal and register for a summer job that aligns with their passions.”
“The City of Boston is committed to serving its youth by facilitating meaningful employment that sets the foundation for future success,” said Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez. “The summer youth jobs program works to empower youth by connecting them through jobs to mentorship and guidance, and promotes skill building and networking opportunities that create lasting professional pathways to success.”
Through SuccessLink, young people can register for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, get connected to resources and join civic engagement initiatives designed to empower youth. Applicants will be able to manage and update their information online.
“This is my first job and it’s giving me experience in communication so that I can benefit in the future,” said Alex Tieu, a sophomore at Josiah Quincy Upper School, who works at BCYF’s Youth Engagement & Employment office helping youth obtain employment. “It’s important for me to work so I can increase my professional development. And I hope while working with YEE, I can help other young people who are also just starting their first job.”
Teens interested in applying must meet the following requirements:
Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston;
Must turn 15 years old on or before Monday, July 9, 2018;
Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 17, 2018;
Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.
Boston is a leader in youth employment across the nation with a focus on offering meaningful employment opportunities to young people ages 15-18. Summer opportunities include paid positions with Zoo New England, radio stations, Boston municipal government departments and and as tutors, mentors and counselors at many summer day programs. Last summer 3,015 young people were employed through SuccessLink at over one hundred community based organizations.
BCYF YEE is hosting a Youth Job and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 10 at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Youth interested in a summer job through SuccessLink can meet with employers, learn job hunting skills and have some fun. Learn more at Boston.Gov/BCYF.
Applying for a summer position with SuccessLink does not guarantee a job. Applicants can visit BCYF Division of Youth Engagement & Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury, or call 617-635-4202 for assistance with the application.
About Boston Centers for Youth and Families
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees many citywide programs including the nationally-recognized violence intervention and prevention Streetworker Program and SuccessLink, the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.