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2020 MLK Scholars Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Hire
Local Youth for a Summer Work and Development Program

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John Hancock

Deadline Date:

12/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to hire local teens to work for their organizations during the summer. Funding is intended to give local teens access to job training and educational financial literacy programs to help them succeed in today's economy. The program is open to full-time Boston residents, preferably within the target age range of 16–18, who have demonstrated leadership qualities.

This empowering program turns scholars into leaders, in the office, the classroom, and the greater community. To elevate the work experience, John Hancock organizes a series of Leadership Forums held at Boston University, and provides access to an online financial literacy course. The program connects scholars to business and civic leaders, challenges them to learn new skills, and inspires them to realize the difference they can make in their communities.  

As part of the summer experience, youth participants, from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend personal development workshops and complete an online financial education course. The curriculum consistently integrates important messages on social responsibility, leadership development, and civic engagement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127238

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected non-profit partners will receive at least $1,825 for each MLK Scholar position awarded.

Term of Contract:

The program typically runs 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 Leadership Forums, a series of bi-weekly Friday morning workshops during the summer.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due 5:00 pm, Friday, December 20, 2019. Decisions will be announced on Martin Luther King Day 2020.

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USA: Massachusetts: Boston

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