Youth and Education

The programs you see here represent just a few of the many things we do. For our future, for our people, John Hancock is determined to continue its committed support to these and other deserving causes.

Camp Harbor View

John Hancock is a proud supporter of Camp Harbor View. With its innovative programming, the camp offers 960 Boston children ages eleven to fourteen an opportunity to leave the city during the day and participate in a four-week summer camp program. Offering the traditional activities that summer camp is known for, such as hiking, arts and crafts, sports and swimming, Camp Harbor View also includes innovative programs that strive to build children's confidence and leadership strengths.

In addition to financial support, John Hancock has partnered with the camp to provide summer jobs to alumni campers as part of the MLK Summer Scholars program.

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Families First

Families First Parenting Program is Massachusetts' premier parenting education organization, serving 4,000 families each year through parenting education workshops and professional development training. Families First's mission is to promote healthy child development and strong family relationships through parenting education that focuses on positive discipline, communication, and self-esteem.

Since 1997 John Hancock has contributed to Families First, representing a partnership that has provided critical lifeblood to the organization. John Hancock's support has provided forty-four parenting education workshops for low-income families in Boston, including homeless mothers living in shelters with their children, teen mothers, and low-income mothers re-entering the workforce. John Hancock has also enabled Families First to develop a curriculum to address bullying in schools and to engage a professional third-party evaluation of its programs. John Hancock has also provided Families First supporters with official Boston Marathon numbers, enabling these individuals to raise more than $82,000 for parenting education programs.

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Freedom Trail Scholars

John Hancock is an official sponsor of Freedom Trail Scholars, which provides high-quality educational experiences to third and fifth grade students, primarily in Boston. Freedom Trail Scholars is an effective way to help students learn and remember history and supplements the required American history curriculum.

The program is an interactive, one-hour, in-school touring history presentation that brings the stories of the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride to life. Students are incorporated into a dramatization to play roles of real people who participated in the revolution, to read portions of important documents and declarations, and to react to the historic events. In addition, teachers have access to the Freedom Trail Scholars resource guide (lesson plans) and quizzes to use before and after the presentations.

Since its inception, the program has served over 6,800 children in 100 schools.

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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students

John Hancock's commitment to civic responsibility is a long, proud tradition. We are privileged to sponsor the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. The national contest invites students from across the nation to write an essay on the political courage of a U.S. elected official. The contest is a companion program of the Profile in Courage Award™, named for President Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage.

In 2010, 1,863 students submitted essays from across the nation, including forty-nine states and U.S. citizens studying in Guam and Mexico. Michael Reed, a junior at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts in Tennessee, was named the winner and will receive a $10,000 award for his first-place essay: a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. You can read his winning essay here.

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Ron Burton Training Village

John Hancock has been a long-time supporter of the Ron Burton Training Village (RBTV) as Ron Burton Sr. was a long-time employee of John Hancock. Ron's story is truly inspiring, and through his love and passion to help children, he founded the Ron Burton Training Village.

Over the past twenty-five years, RBTV has served more than 3,100 young men and women in their physical, spiritual, and educational growth. Twelve months a year, over a six-year period, campers are guided, supported, and mentored in some of life's most essential areas, including education, social skills, morals, values, leadership, and fitness. The most intense part of this mentorship occurs during the summer when the campers attend a five-week training camp in Hubbardston, Massachusetts. The majority of the youth who attend the training village are kids from economically disadvantaged and often troubled and at-risk situations.

John Hancock employees often volunteer at RBTV to interact with the campers as well as to help maintain the grounds. During past visits, John Hancock employees planted flowers, painted buildings, and played games with the campers.

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Endicott College

John Hancock actively supports young people in need through a unique partnership with Endicott College. The Keys to Degrees program offers young parents ages 18– to 24 the opportunity to complete undergraduate degrees in an environment that supports their needs and the needs of their children. Benefits include campus housing, child care, and the full array of support services offered by the college. Through mentoring, community service, and a summer informational program, Keys students at Endicott also reach out to large numbers of youth at risk, teen parents, and people in need in the entire North Shore community.

This comprehensive program brings education to a largely underserved population, and John Hancock is proud to support this unique initiative.

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MLK Summer Scholars

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