Casino Night Goes All in For Summer Jobs - Meet Beatriz

It’s easy to get distracted by the fun and games of the annual BBF Casino Night event -- taking place this year on Thursday, March 27th at 16 Beacon Street -- but it’s important to remember the real beneficiaries of the money raised that night. This year, 100% of the proceeds from BBF Casino Night will support the BBA Summer Jobs Program. We will be running a weekly series of profiles on Summer Jobs students whose jobs were supported by BBF funds. To learn more about how to sponsor or attend the event, visit our website or contact Erica Southerland at 617-778-1930.

The Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program works in concert with the BBF to provide Boston-area high school students with paid summer employment in area firms, businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Last year, funding from the BBF made non-profit and government jobs possible for 13 area students.

Meet Beatriz

Beatriz Mejia, now a junior at West Roxbury Academy, was one of the youngest students in the 2013 Summer Jobs Program. Her internship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court was her first professional job, yet she made the most of the experience. “I had never worked in an office in my life. It definitely helped me and it's helping me right now because I am currently working at a law firm…Learning to use the case management system and financial system for the Court has helped me to learn job responsibility,” she explained.

When the Summer Jobs students visited the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Consequences, the final module of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, Beatriz asked to give a brief presentation on what she had learned this summer. Fighting back nerves, she stood in front of her fellow Summer Jobs students, Judge Joan Feeney, volunteer attorneys, and courtroom staff to outline all that she had learned about bankruptcy law throughout the summer. Beatriz knocked it out of the park! She highlighted how her experience working at the Bankruptcy Court and completing the Financial Literacy Program taught her the importance of saving for college and making smart decisions about her finances, particularly because student loans are nondischargeable in bankruptcy. She opened up a savings account to save for college and reached out to the BBA at the end of the summer to ask for help finding another job during the school year so that she could continue to save. In addition to working hard in school, Beatriz has been working as a file clerk at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP and continues to put aside money for college.

Beatriz speaking to fellow Summer Jobs students at the US Bankruptcy Court last summer.