Exploring Boston Urban Employment Programs


I don’t even remember how I stumbled on the YearUp program, but I saw it about two weeks ago when reading some articles about the economy and was really impressed with the companies that are involved and nationwide presence it covers.  While looking through the details, I was curious about how many other similar programs covered the Boston metropolitan area.  I’m going to use the below space to identify and list  these great community programs that put an emphasis on creating more impactful and engaged youths in the Boston area (and beyond).


  • YearUp (http://www.yearup.org)
    • Target age of 18-24
    • No college necessary
    • Combination of paid training along with internship with an employer that has a goal of turning interns into full-time employees
    • Nationwide program along with a Boston area presence
  • Youth Build Boston (http://youthbuildboston.org)
    • Program with a focus on vocational training for high school students to help them graduate high school and have relevant skills in the construction industry
  • MassTech Intern Program (http://www.masstech.org/intern)
    • Not necessarily focused on urban youths, but has a goal of placing Boston area college students together with companies, large and small

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