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Since 1993, the legal community has stepped up to support our community by hiring Boston public high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
The BBA Summer Jobs Steering Committee has been busy reaching out to law offices throughout the city in an effort to secure more internships for Boston teens through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. If you read this week’s Issue Spot blogpost, you know that the committee’s efforts are even more important this year. Cuts in the state budget coupled with the increase in minimum wage may result in 1,000 fewer summer jobs for youth jobs. The good news is that the legal community has stepped up and 36 employers have already committed to hiring one or more Boston teens. Take a look below to see who’s made the list:
Is your law office interested in supporting the Boston community? Click here to learn more about how you can hire a Boston teen in your office this summer.
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Last Monday, an all-star panel of attorneys presented at the Delivery of Legal Service Section’s brown bag on unaccompanied minors. The panelists, including Shannon Erwin (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), Elena Noureddin (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project), and Gaye Özpinar (Law Office of Gay Özpinar), walked the audience through the conditions and situations that many are facing in holding facilities located in southern United States communities.
If you’re not familiar with the recent increase in unaccompanied minors traveling to the United States, here’s the deal: this past summer, the U.S experienced a considerable influx of unaccompanied children emigrating from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala due to the surge in violence in their home countries. Because these families and children are classified as illegal immigrants, they are not afforded the right to counsel. Individuals who have representation have a 50 percent chance of obtaining asylum versus only a 10 percent chance for those who are unrepresented. As a result, many unaccompanied children are being sent back to the dangerous environment from which they are seeking asylum.
Are you interested in helping? Click here to learn how you can volunteer with the PAIR Project. Spanish speaking attorneys are encouraged to get involved.
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Youth employment opportunities, like the BBA Summer Jobs positions, provide valuable professional experience to prepare students for their future academic and career endeavors.
Over 700 Boston teens took to the streets last Thursday to advocate for an increase in state funding for youth employment. According to this Boston Globe article, teens are worried that the increase in minimum wage and proposed budget cuts will results in at least 1,000 less jobs this year.
The decrease in the overall number of jobs for Boston teens presents an even greater need for the legal community to take the lead and to support Mayor Walsh’s efforts to provide over 10,000 Boston teens with summer employment by hiring a student (or more than one!) through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
The good news is that the legal community has already stepped up to continue to provide quality summer internships for Boston youth through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. We already have 48 student positions secured, which puts us well on our way to passing last year’s 64 positions
Are you interested in getting involved? Contact Katie D’Angelo at email@example.com for more information on how to hire a student.
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