Boston Teens Earn nearly $10M over 10 Years through John Hancock's MLK Summer Scholars Program

BOSTON, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with the weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s inspiring legacy, John Hancock is awarding $1 million in grants through its MLK Summer Scholars program to support 64 non-profit partners this summer. This year, 2017, marks the tenth consecutive year of the program, which has funded over six thousand jobs for Boston teens since its inception in 2008.

MLK Summer Scholars is believed to be the largest, most comprehensive, corporate-based summer jobs program of its kind in the nation. John Hancock oversees the program and works in close partnership with The City of Boston, The Boston Globe, Boston University, and Partners HealthCare, with additional recent support from The Ad Club of Boston. John Hancock also counts on EverFi, Boston Cares, and The Center for Teen Empowerment to help develop and implement its summer programming.

"The John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars program continues to be a model for the country in providing meaningful summer employment for young people," Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "The impact of the program goes well beyond the money earned by students -- it equips them with financial literacy and independence, offers valuable work experience and empowers them to take charge of their future." 

For the anniversary, John Hancock created a video celebrating Dr. King's legacy as well as the program partners, non-profit partners and participants over the past 10 years.

Through the annual million-dollar program, Boston high school students spend the summer working at non-profit agencies across the city, gaining valuable real-work skills and engaging on issues that affect their community. Throughout the summer, all 625 Scholars also participate in unique leadership development workshops at Boston University, titled Mayor Menino Leadership Forums. Non-profits receive funding for each Scholar position awarded to provide 7 weeks of paid summer employment to Boston teens. This year, John Hancock increased the grants to $1,825 from $1,750 per Scholar to reflect the minimum wage increase of $11 per hour.  Sixty-four local non-profits, addressing a myriad of important community issues, were selected to participate in 2017. (See below for full list.)

"This is an important milestone year for John Hancock and its partners as it marks a decade of creating meaningful work opportunities, and leadership development programming, for Boston teens," said Thomas Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel, John Hancock Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility. "We are proud to continue to empower young people to develop important career readiness and financial literacy skills – all while becoming more active, engaged citizens through their work at high impact non-profit organizations." 

"We are excited to host MLK Summer Scholars once again, and to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of the start of this program," said Robert Scannell, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester will be a non-profit partner of the MLK Summer Scholars program for the tenth consecutive summer this year. "Our MLK Scholars have leadership roles at our Club, since they are more familiar with the Club's operations. Being a MLK Summer Scholar is a badge of honor among our young people."

For more information regarding John Hancock's MLK Summer Scholars Program, visit www.mlksummerscholars.com

Non-profit organizations receiving MLK Summer Scholars grants for 2017 are:

Archdale Community Center Council Inc           

Artists For Humanity

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence      

Bikes Not Bombs

Bird Street Community Center                                  

Boch Center

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center           

Boston Dance Alliance Inc

Boston Debate League                      

Boston Harbor Now

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Inc                       

Boston Partners in Education

Boston Police Athletic League               

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Inc

Boys and Girls Club – Dorchester               

Boys and Girls Club - Mattapan

Boys and Girls Club - West End House  

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston - Yawkey Club

Breakthrough Greater Boston Inc             

BUILD

Camp Harbor View                             

Catholic Charities - St Peter's Teen Center

Codman Square Health Center      

College Bound Dorchester

Community Rowing Inc                             

Courageous Sailing Center for Youth Inc

Crossroads for Kids                                

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Dimock Center                       

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Inc

Federation For Children With Special Needs Inc 

Foundation For Boston Centers For Youth & Families Inc

Freedom House                                

Handel and Haydn Society

Hawthorne Youth and Community Center         

Hyde Square Task Force

Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion                          

Leap Self-Defense Inc

Madison Park Development Corporation       

Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

MetroLacrosse                                                 

Museum of African American History

Museum of Fine Arts                                    

Museum of Science

New England Aquarium   

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Phillips Brook House Association                

Reimagine Play

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay                  

Sociedad Latina

South Boston Community Health Center  

South Boston Neighborhood House Inc

South End Technology Center         

Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center

St Peter Academy Inc               

St. Mary's Center for Women and Children

Student Athletes Rising            

Summer Search

Teen Empowerment                                 

University of Massachusetts Boston

Youth Design Inc                                       

Youth Enrichment Services

YouthBuild Boston                             

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