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MLK Scholars Program

Grants to Boston, Massachusetts Nonprofits to Hire Local
Youth for a Summer Work and Development Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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John Hancock

Deadline Date:

12/29/17 End of Day


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Grants to Boston, Massachusetts nonprofits to hire local teens to work for their organizations during the summer of 2018. Funding is intended to give local teens access to job training and educational financial literacy programs to help them succeed in today's fast-paced economy.

As part of the summer experience, youth participants, ideally ages 16-18 from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend bi-weekly personal development workshops. The workshops are intended to guide the teens through a discovery process where they can explore their current path and focus on next steps in achieving education and employment goals. The curriculum consistently integrates important messages on social responsibility, leadership development, and civic involvement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127238

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected organizations will receive $1,825 for each MLK Scholar position awarded.

Term of Contract:

The program typically runs for about seven weeks, from early July through mid-August.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations agree to do the following to ensure an appropriate and rich developmental experience for youth:

1. Recruit, identify and select appropriate youth who fulfill the MLK Scholars Criteria.

2. Follow all Federal and State labor laws including minimum wage laws.

3. Provide youth with substantive and engaging work for a minimum of 20 hours per week, along with professional supervision and oversight throughout the summer.

4. Participate fully in the program:
- Sign a Program Agreement, to be provided by John Hancock upon acceptance.
- Register all Scholars for the program through an online link to be provided by John Hancock.
- Implement John Hancock Photo and Video Release forms in the Scholars’ onboarding process.
- Respond fully to MLKS communications and inquiries.
- Attend Nonprofit Partner Meetings at John Hancock.
- Commit 1 staff member to volunteer at the Mayor Menino Leadership Forums if awarded 5 or more scholars.
- Ensure Scholars complete assigned online EverFi modules during the work week.
- At the end of the summer, complete the Organization Survey once per organization, and ensure all Scholars submit Youth Survey responses.

Organizations are also responsible for ensuring their MLK Scholars fit the following criteria:
- Scholars are within target age range of 16-18.
- Scholars are full-time residents of Boston.
- Scholars can attend the Mayor Menino Leadership Forums, a series of bi-weekly Friday morning workshops during the summer.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due end of day, December 29, 2017.

Selected partners will be notified on MLK Day, January 15, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Boston