We were deeply saddened to hear of Mayor Menino’s passing last week. As many of our readers know, Mayor Menino has played a central role in our Summer Jobs Program since its inception more the 20 years ago. Under his citywide Summer Jobs Initiative, the BBA created the Summer Jobs Program in 1993 in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council. Each summer, Mayor Menino took the time out of his busy schedule to stop by 16 Beacon on the students’ first day of work to wish them good luck and to share words of wisdom as they headed off to their new legal internships. Thanks to Mayor Menino’s support and commitment to providing Boston teens with paid summer employment, our program tripled in size, growing from 22 student positions in 1993 to 64 positions in 2014.
We also wanted to share a great summer jobs article from today’s Boston Globe, which sums up Mayor Menino’s passion for preserving Boston’s future perfectly:
“Menino did what few other mayors did, budgeting millions for summer jobs. He lobbied for state and federal funding, leaned on the private sector to take part, and fought to keep the jobs program going through good and bad times.”
According to another Boston Globe article published in 2013 , Mayor Menino allocated $150 million in government funding to teen employment and secured over 200,000 summer jobs for Boston teens during his time in office. As we all know, his influence stretched far beyond the BBA’s Program. His Summer Jobs Initiative served as national model for other city’s teen employment initiatives, and his legacy lives on in cities throughout the country who follow his example and make investing in their youth throughemployment opportunities a priority. Click here to read the BBA’s full news release on Mayor Menino.
Look below for some highlights from Mayor Menino’s visits with the BBA Summer Jobs students throughout the years: