Daily Archives: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer Jobs Students Learn about Student Loans

Dan Forster (Simmons College) discusses the financial aid process with the Summer Jobs students.

Dan Forster (Simmons College) discussed the financial aid process with the Summer Jobs students.

After their first three days of work, the 58 Summer Jobs students returned to 16 Beacon for their first enrichment seminar on student loans. Daniel Forster, the Director of Student Financial Services at Simmons College, spoke with the students about the financial aid process, sources of aid, and how financial need is determined. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about their own financial aid packages and financial concerns.

Pierre_AllyshaWhen asked why the segment was helpful, Allysha Pierre, a Summer Jobs student interning at Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks and rising college freshman, explained that “you don’t know what you’re getting into when you go to college. The more information you know about students loans, the better prepared you can be for the future.” After talking to Forster about her specific financial aid situation, she told Beyond the Billable that she feels better prepared to contact her financial aid advisor and discuss how to lower her unmet need.

Like Allysha, many of the students in the program will be attending college in the fall or plan to attend after they complete high school. In combination with the financial literacy sessions, this seminar aims to prepare students to make educated financial decision about paying for their higher education.

Mentors Make a Difference at Mayor’s Youth Council

This past year, Christina Miller (Suffolk District Attorney’s Office) and Ed Gorman (Law Office of Ed Gorman) served as mentors for the group of Boston Public High School juniors and seniors who have been selected to represent their neighborhoods in the Mayor’s Youth Council. In their role as mentors, Miller and Gorman helped guide students thought their program goals and develop skills in various capacities including executing and leading meetings. The BBA has co-sponsored the Mayor’s Youth Council with the Mayor’s Office and Northeastern University since 1994.

The Mayor’s Youth Council, a partnership between the BBA, Mayor’s Office and Northeastern University, gives young people the opportunity to reach out to other Boston teens. The BBA provides the Mayor’s Youth Council lawyer-mentors.

Beyond the Billable asked Miller about her favorite moment of the year. Here’s what she had to say:

“I have so many favorite moments that it is difficult to pick just one. If I have to pick, it would be the time I conducted a mock interview for a student who is on the Mayor’s Youth Council. She came across as shy at first and minimized her achievements. Instead of minimizing, we worked on her maximizing her experiences. She worked on positively presenting her work and how that work contributed to the public and made her a better leader. We worked on her handshake and posture, as well as other markers of confidence. She reported that she felt great about the interview and felt more confidently about herself – focusing on maximizing! It felt great to help her find the confidence within herself.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Youth Council, please contact Katie D’Angelo, public service programs coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.