Youth Employment Matching Tool
City-sponsored summer jobs for young people have been proven to improve educational and health outcomes for participating youth while reducing crime. Boston's Success Link summer jobs program, operated by the city's Division of Youth Engagement and Employment (DYEE), receives more than 9,000 applications each spring and is able to place more than 3,000 young people in meaningful employment. Mayor Martin Walsh is committed to expanding the program to serve even more young people, but doing so requires improving and streamlining the application and matching process. To help achieve these ambitious goals, the City of Boston has teamed with MAPC Data Services, Code for Boston, and the Boston Indicators Project.
Together, the partners are working to implement digital solutions that will reduce red tape for participants, streamline communications between applicants and staff, and enable faster matching of youth to nearby jobs that match their interests. By making it easier for youth to apply for jobs and for staff to run the process, the new system will allow the jobs program to grow. As a result, thousands more youth may access summer employment and the lifetime opportunities if may bring.
This work is partially funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Living Cities Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.