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Monday, July 08, 2019

AG HEALEY FUNDS SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE

AG HEALEY FUNDS SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE
Program Awards $322,000 in Grant Funding to 100 Organizations to Hire Young People

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office is awarding nearly $322,000 in grant funding to 100 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on health and wellness.

“Our summer jobs program provides hundreds of young people across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new skills, and make a difference in their own community,” AG Healey said. “We are pleased to be able to continue support cities, towns and nonprofits with this funding that keeps young people active and safe in the summer months and improves public health in Massachusetts.”

            This year’s Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program is funded with health-care related settlement money from the AG’s Office. This is the fifth year that the AG’s Office is running the grant program, which allows teens to hold summer jobs in their own communities that are focused on promoting nutrition, physical fitness and healthy living.

Examples of jobs funded through this year’s grant program include:

  • Coaching sports or physical fitness activities at a summer camp;
  • Building and maintaining a community garden or urban farm;
  • Leading classes on cooking, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles;
  • Creating a recycling awareness campaign for the community; and,
  • Mentoring and educating youth about healthy relationships.

Since AG Healey launched the grant program in 2015, it has funded more than 800 jobs for young people across the state through settlement money.

            In addition to funding, the AG’s Community Engagement and Fair Labor Divisions will be visiting the young workers and providing training on worker’s rights and wage and hour laws.

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