For Non-Profits

Participating non-profit organizations in the 2014 MLK Summer Scholars Program can access additional program information and resources here.

Selected organizations receive a $1,500 grant for each MLK Scholar position.

MLK Summer Scholars is open to teens, who are full-time residents of the City of Boston and preferably within the target range of 16–19.

The program will begin on Monday, July 7, 2014 and will end on Friday, August 22. There will be a launch event the week of June 23.

Friday Morning Workshops

Scholars are required to attend 4 Friday morning workshops from 9:00-11:30 am (Kick off event, July 18, August 1 and August 15).

IMPORTANT:  If the workshop schedule does not fit your summer programming, please do not apply. Attendance at the workshops is a critical element of this program.

Youth coordinators on site will be required to partcipate in the workshops.


Youth Hiring

The hiring of Scholars is to be handled entirely by individual organizations.  John Hancock provides funding to enable organizations to hire teens to work for their organizations, so long as they meet the program's general requirements. Organizations should start the application/hiring process once notified of our funding decision. 

Wages & Hours

MLK Summer Scholars must work in accordance with all Federal and State labor laws. 

MLK Summer Scholars must be paid a minimum of $8 per hour, and work approximately 20-25 hours per week, including the Friday workshops.   

Organization Application Process

Non-Profits able to meet the requirements outlined above are welcome to apply by Friday, February 14, 2014.

Organizations accepted for partnership will be required to adhere to program requirements described in the Agreement. 

Please refer to the Commonwealth's Youth Employment Page for breakdown of tasks, which may or may not be permitted for teen employees.


Not-for-profit organizations agree to do the following in order to ensure an appropriate and rich developmental experience for youth:

  1. Recruit, identify and select appropriate youth.
  2. Follow all Federal and State labor laws, including minimum wage laws.
  3. Provide youth with substantive and engaging work along with professional supervision and oversight throughout the summer.
  4. Participate fully in the program:
    1. Collect and provide to MLKSS basic data on each student.
    2. Respond fully to MLKSS communications, requests and evaluation surveys (both organizationally and by participating youth).
    3. Participate in non-profit partner orientation meeting(s).
    4. Attend a press conference (Week of June 23rd)

Organizations are also responsible for ensuring their MLK Scholars fit the following criteria: 

1. Scholars are within target age range of 16–19.
2. Scholars are full-time residents of Boston.
3. All Scholars must be able to attend the Friday morning training workshops:

  1. Dates: Dates: June Kick-off (TBD), July 18, August 1 and August 15.
  2. Time: Breakfast at 9:00am; Workshop from 9:30am–11:30am
    (the start time has been pushed back 30 minutes based on youth feedback)
  3. Location:
    John Hancock Student Village, Agganis Arena
    Boston University,
    925 Commonwealth Ave
    Boston, MA 02215

If your organization has any questions about its ability to meet the letter or spirit of the program, we encourage you to contact us directly before applying to discuss your concerns.