News from the PIC
On March 9, the PIC is organizing its 2018 Job Shadow Day in partnership with local employers. Every year, Job Shadow Day is an opportunity for Boston public high school students to experience the workplace by shadowing local professionals. It is also a chance for employers who are planning to hire students for summer jobs through the PIC to engage with young adults, some of whom may apply for internships at their companies.
Last year, the PIC launched a pilot program to help Boston public high school students develop the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for high-level summer internships in the financial services sector. The Financial Literacy and Career Exploration Program is comprised of a series of after-school workshops, skills-based trainings, and site visits to local financial services companies – with the goal of preparing students to secure competitive summer internships.
In support of the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, the Boston PIC partners with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to recruit private sector employers to pay and supervise high school students. Additionally, we provide subsidized employment opportunities for students at community-based organizations and city agencies through funding from YouthWorks and private foundations. During summer 2017, the PIC prepared 2,665 Boston Public Schools students for work-based learning opportunities.
A draft of the Greater Boston Workforce Planning Blueprint is available for public comment. The Workforce Skills Cabinet, comprised of the Secretaries of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development, initiated a regional planning process that convened regional workforce, education, and economic development entities. The overarching goal of this process is to identify critical labor supply gaps in the region and suggest strategies to close them.
Connecting youth with work-based learning experiences today is critical to building a more prepared and informed workforce tomorrow. As the labor market continues to evolve with new skills and occupations, it is essential that we equip young people with transferable skills and the knowledge to navigate the workforce.
The PIC has had a robust partnership with Starbucks for nearly two years, resulting in the company hiring more than 70 PIC-coached students. One major draw for students is the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a joint program launched in 2014 with Arizona State University (ASU) Online that helps Starbucks employees attend college online without going into debt. Onyinyechi “Oni” Onwuka was one of the earliest PIC-coached students to be hired at Starbucks, and she is taking full advantage of the College Achievement Plan.
On October 11, Education Nation hosted the Build the Future town hall in Boston, where panels of nonprofit and school leaders discussed the challenges facing young people after high school and strategies to ensure their success in college, career, and life. Re-Engagement Center Manager Manny Allen participated on a panel about alternative pathways for young people, specifically talking about the work of the Boston Re-Engagement Center to reconnect disengaged young people with their education.
We were honored to gather with our cross-sector partners at the PIC 2017 Annual Meeting to celebrate the impact we made together this year.
This summer, students worked at local employers in a variety of sectors, gaining industry-specific knowledge and skills like communication, time management, and professional etiquette that they will carry with them through college to early career.
As one of nine Success Boston coaching organizations, the PIC employs six postsecondary coaches who help students make their way through college toward graduation and a successful career.