John Hancock commits $1M to fund 635 summer jobs in Boston

Since its inception, MLK Scholars has provided nearly 7,000 jobs, financial literacy training, and leadership development opportunities to Boston teens while building summer program capacity among service providers.

BOSTONJan. 12, 2018 — John Hancock is awarding over $1 million in grants through its MLK Scholarsprogram to provide 635 Boston teens with summer jobs at 65 non-profit organizations. This year marks the eleventh consecutive year of the program.

MLK Scholars is believed to be the largest, most comprehensive, corporate-based summer jobs program of its kind in the nation. John Hancock oversees the program and works in close partnership with The City of Boston, The Boston Globe, Boston University, and Partners HealthCare, with additional support from The Ad Club of BostonJohn Hancockalso counts on EverFi, Boston Cares, and The Center for Teen Empowerment to help develop and implement its summer programming.

“The John Hancock MLK Scholars program shows that when Boston and its companies work hand in hand, lives can truly change,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “These summer jobs for our Boston students provide so much more than just a paycheck — summer jobs provide independence, financial literacy, valuable work experience, and knowledge that all opportunities are possible.”

Through the annual million-dollar program, Boston high school students spend the summer working at non-profit agencies across the city, gaining valuable real-work skills and engaging on issues that affect their community. Throughout the summer, all of the scholars participate in “Mayor Menino Leadership Forums,” which offer hands-on leadership development training at Boston University. Each Scholar is also required to complete digital financial literacy training.

Non-profits receive funding for each Scholar position awarded to provide paid summer employment to Boston teens. Sixty-five local non-profits, addressing a myriad of important community issues, were selected to participate in 2018. (See below for full list.)

John Hancock is committed to healthier, more equitable communities,” said Thomas Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel, John Hancock Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations. “MLK Scholars empowers young people to improve their overall wellbeing by gaining important career readiness and financial literacy skills, building positive relationships, and supporting good decision-making – for themselves and for their futures.”

“The Dimock Center is incredibly grateful to partner with John Hancock for the MLK Scholars Program, said President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dimock Center, Myechia Minter-Jordan, M.D., MBA. “Over the past seven years, MLK Scholars have contributed significantly to Dimock, working in our health center, Head Start classrooms and administrative offices. We are committed to nurturing the potential of talented young leaders and mentoring them as they consider their future goals, and thrilled that two former MLK Scholars now work in our Child and Family Services division. We are honored to count John Hancock as one of Dimock’s most significant partners, and we look forward to our continued work together through the MLK Scholars Program.”

For more information regarding John Hancock’s MLK Scholars Program, visit MLK Scholars.

Non-profit organizations receiving MLK Scholars grants for 2018 are:

Artists For Humanity

BCYF Menino Community Center

Bikes Not Bombs

Boch Center

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Boston Dance Alliance Inc

Boston Debate League

Boston Harbor Now

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Inc

Boston Partners in Education

Boston Police Department

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Inc

Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester

Breakthrough Greater Boston Inc


Camp Harbor View

Catholic Charities – St. Peter’s Teen Center

Codman Square Health Center

College Bound Dorchester

Community Rowing Inc

Courageous Sailing Center for Youth Inc

Crossroads for Kids

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Federation For Children With Special Needs Inc

Foundation For Boston Centers For Youth & Families Inc

Freedom House

Future Chefs

Handel and Haydn Society

Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

Hyde Square Task Force

Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion

Leap Self-Defense Inc

Level Ground

Madison Park Development Corporation

Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety & Health Inc

Mattapan Teen Center

Maverick Landing Community Services


Museum of African American History

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Science

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Phillips Brook House Association Incorporated

Polus Center for Social & Economic Development

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Sociedad Latina

South Boston Community Health Center

South Boston Leadership Initiative Inc

South Boston Neighborhood House Inc

South End Technology Center

Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center

St Peter Academy Inc

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children

Student Athletes Rising

Summer Search

The Center for Teen Empowerment

The Dimock Center

UMass Boston – Urban Scholars Program

Upham’s Corner Community Center

Urban Farming Institute Of Boston

West End House

Yawkey Club of Roxbury

Youth Enrichment Services Inc

YouthBuild Boston



SOURCE John Hancock