Working in close partnership with the Boston Globe, Boston University, Partners HealthCare, The Ad Club, and the City of Boston, John Hancock's MLK Summer Scholars program addresses what is deemed a critical need in Boston - summer jobs for city youth.

MLK Summer Scholars seeks to develop a future skilled workforce while adding significant value to our community today. John Hancock provides funding to local non-profit organizations, who are given the flexibility to hire youth of their own choosing. Over the course of the summer, Scholars gain important career readiness skills, and help their non-profit organizations deliver on their missions. With over 600 youth participating annually, MLK Summer Scholars is the largest, most comprehensive, corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country.

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of MLK Summer Scholars. Please watch the video below celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, and looking at the program over the years.

Program Structure
Selected organizations will receive $1,825 for each MLK Scholar position awarded.

MLK Summer Scholars is open to teens, who are full-time residents of the City of Boston, preferably within the target age range of 16–18, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

As part of the summer experience, youth participants, from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend bi-weekly personal development workshops. The workshops are intended to guide the teens through a discovery process where they can explore their current path and focus on next steps in achieving education and employment goals. The curriculum consistently integrates important messages on social responsibility, leadership development, and civic involvement.

The program will begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and end on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Organization Application Process
The application for Summer 2017 is now closed. To be notified when the application for Summer 2018 is live, please sign up here.

Volunteers Needed!
MLK Summer Scholars partners with local community-based not-for-profits to offer summer employment, job readiness, and life skills training opportunities to Boston area youth. In addition to the work experience, the Scholars attend a series of bi-weekly life-skills workshops, which incorporate the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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2017 Program Schedule  Calendar

Feb 22:
MLK SS Non-Profit Partner Orientation

Mar 21:
MLK SS Non-Profit Partner Trauma Awareness Training

May 9:
MLK SS Non-Profit Partner Meeting: Summer Overview

Mid-Late June:
Annual Kick-Off Event

July 5:
Scholars’ First day of work

July 14:
Mayor Menino Leadership Forum #1

July 28:
Mayor Menino Leadership Forum #2

August 11:
Mayor Menino Leadership Forum #3

August 18:
Mayor Menino Leadership Forum #4

 Mayor Menino Leadership Forums:
 Time: Breakfast at 9:00am;
 Workshop from 9:30am–11:30am

 Location: John Hancock
 Student Village,
 Agganis Arena
 Boston University,
 925 Commonwealth Ave
 Boston, MA 02215


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