Written by CAPECODTODAY STAFF
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.
The 100 organizations – including nonprofits, municipalities, and other government offices – receiving funding through the program are:
Doc Wayne Youth Services in Boston
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. in Boston
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. in Boston
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. in Boston
La Alianza Hispana in Boston
Fourth Presbyterian Church of South Boston
Save the Harbor Save the Bay in Boston
YMCA of Greater Boston
West End House Boys & Girls Club in Boston
Community Rowing in Brighton
Mothers for Justice and Equality in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan
Whittier Street Health Center in Boston
Sociedad Latina in Roxbury
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership
InnerCity Weightlifting in Dorchester
Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts in Dorchester
The Boston Project Ministries in Dorchester
Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston
Project R.I.G.H.T., Inc.in Dorchester
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. in Jamaica Plain
Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families in Roxbury
Madison Park Development Corporation in Roxbury
Philips Brooks House Association, Inc. In Boston and Cambridge
City of Chelsea Department of Public Works in Chelsea
GreenRoots in Chelsea
Boys & Girls Club of Boston
City of Revere / Revere on the Move
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