Summer may seem a long way off, but in the City of Boston, we’re already gearing up to provide employment opportunities for Boston youth. Not only has Mayor Marty Walsh started making calls to encourage employers to hire a student over the summer, but also the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program officially hit 60 jobs last week, with 43 employers participating.
We congratulate and thank the firms that have signed on already for their support and commitment to developing the future of Boston’s work force. Studies have shown that early employment can have a measurable impact on an individual’s professional career, and that a persistent lack of a paying job can lead to prolonged joblessness. We have also learned that gainful summer employment can reduce the risk of violent and delinquent behaviors in youth.
So the benefits to the teens themselves are fully understood; but what about the firms and companies themselves? What do they gain by employing teenagers?
A recently released report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlines some compelling reasons why it is to a company’s advantage to hire a student. Here are just a few of the arguments they cite from their research:
Hiring students holds the key to developing and opening up a valuable pipeline of talent.
Young adults can frequently offer critical skills in the workplace that fill in gaps and can take on projects that might otherwise be overlooked.
The practice of hiring teenagers and young adults can help to increase workplace diversity.
In a constantly changing, technology-driven world, younger employees can often offer insight into the latest trends and bring in new ideas to reinvigorate innovation.
Need more evidence? Read last year’s student profiles here to find out what they contributed to the firms that hired them and personal testimonials from their supervisors.
If you’re interested in hiring a Boston public high school student through the BBA’s Summer Jobs program, contact Katie D’Angelo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of New Lawyers spent last Saturday volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
This past weekend, a group of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section Committee spent their Saturday volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The volunteers helped out the GBFB by inspecting, sorting, and packaging food and other grocery products to be distributed to local food pantries, shelters, and various local hunger relief programs. The GBFB aims to help end hunger by providing at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts. In 2014, the Greater Boston Food Bank distributed over 50 million pounds of food which is enough to provide over 40 million healthy meals to those in need.
Check out the photos below to see a glimpse of the volunteer’s day at the Food Bank:
Volunteers were briefed about procedures and food safety before heading into the warehouse to begin sorting.
Volunteers sorted grocery items at the GBFB’s Yawkey Distribution Center.
If you’re looking to get involved in other volunteer opportunities check out the following link for information about the upcoming public service event Charles River Clean Up on April 25th.
First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.
Beyond the Billable checked in with attendee John Hanify (Jones Day) to hear why he chose to attend the training and why his firm plans to get involved in the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Here’s what he had to say:
“I attended the Housing Court Program because my responsibilities at Jones Day include helping young lawyers gain experience in trial law and coordinating our pro bono service. A pro bono commitment in the Housing Court provides critical representation to fellow citizens in need of counsel but also opportunities for young lawyers to develop their skills in trial settings and before very gifted trial judges. Jones Day has a long history of pro bono work, public service and community involvement across the nation- a tradition which we have continued here since the Jones Day Boston office was opened in 2011.”