Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the opening of SuccessLink, an online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. Registering also allows applicants to connect with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Division of Youth Engagement and Employment’s full menu of services, including connection to peer-led personal and career development workshops, scholarships, civic engagement opportunities and more. The SuccessLink replaced the Boston Youth Fund’s HOPELINE in February 2015.
“The city’s summer jobs program makes a difference in the lives of our young people, and I encourage all those who are eligible to apply for this program,” said Mayor Walsh. “By providing our youth with great opportunities to gain valuable work experience and participate in career development, we are helping to put them on a pathway to success that will help shape their future.”
The SuccessLink application will be available until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 25. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the Youth Engagement and Employment website: youth.boston.gov.
Boston is a leader in youth employment across the nation with a focus on offering meaningful employment opportunities to young people ages 15-18. Opportunities include paid positions with the Boston Police Department, New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, radio stations and Boston municipal government departments.
Through SuccessLink, young people can register for the Youth Employment Program, partake in personal and career development workshops, get connected to resources, and join in on civic engagement initiatives designed to empower youth all in one place. New to the process this year, SuccessLink registrants will be able to apply directly to organizations immediately after registering, while also having an online dashboard where they will be able to access and review the application status for any opening that they expressed interest in. Applicants will also be able to manage and update their information with a self-created username and password.
“Through my job, I know I’m actually having an effect on my community and giving people a chance to make a difference,”said Stephen Lafume age 17, a Youth Budget Specialist responsible for collecting ideas on how to make Boston even better and turning those ideas into project proposals to be voted on by young people in the spring. “SuccessLink helps people get work experience and it’s also a crucial source of income for some young people. It feels really empowering.”
Teens interested in applying:
- Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston;
- Must turn 15 years old, on or before Sunday, July 5, 2016;
- Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 12, 2016;
- Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.
Applicants can visit BCYF’s Division of Youth Engagement and Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury, or call 617-635-4202 for assistance with the application.
Applying for a summer position with SuccessLink does not guarantee a job, but young people can take steps to increase their chances of employment. BCYF DYEE will host the 4th annual Teen Job Fair at the BCYF Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill on Saturday, February 20 from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to meet potential summer employers, win prizes, interview for positions, and more. Interested applicants can also apply directly to sites to increase their chances of employment. Teens interested in attending the job fair can pre-register for the event and get more information at: http://successlinkfair2016.eventbrite.com