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-profits, where Scholars learn important job skills and help the organization deliver on its mission. MLK Summer Scholars does not hire or place young people in jobs. Instead, non-profit partners are given the flexibility to hire youth of their choosing, and must provide internal resources to help Scholars succeed in their jobs. With over 600 youth participating annually, MLK Summer Scholars is the largest, most comprehensive, corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country.

Program Structure
Selected organizations receive a $1,750 grant for each MLK Scholar position awarded.

MLK Summer Scholars is open to teens, who are full-time residents of the City of Boston and preferably within the target range of 15–19.

As part of the summer experience, youth participants, from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend bi-weekly personal development workshops. The workshops 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 Monday, July 5, 2016 and end on Friday, August 19, 2016.

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Organization Application Process
The application for the 2016 program is now closed. To receive notification when the application for 2017 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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2016 Program Schedule  Calendar

February 18:
Non-Profit Partners Orientation

April 25:
Boston Public Health Commission Trauma Awareness Training

May 2:
Summer Curriculum Overview

June 16:
Annual Kick-off Event

July 5:
Scholars' First Day of Work

July 8:
1st Mayor Menino Leadership Forum

July 22:
2nd Mayor Menino Leadership Forum

July 29:
3rd Mayor Menino Leadership Forum

August 12:
4th Mayor Menino Leadership Forum: Youth Showcase

August 19:
Scholars' Last Day of Work

 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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