The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke has been awarded a grant to address the high need of school-age youth looking for summer jobs.
According to Director of Program Development Conor Bevan, the grant was awarded as part of the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program through the attorney general’s office to provide the youth with work.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy paid a visit to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club Wednesday. Accompanied by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the AG showed a keen interest in the summer jobs program funded by her office. Healy interacted with the dozens of neighborhood children cared for by the teenage councilors.
Bevan said the program implements strategies for youth who will be first-time employees, equips them with skills needed to successfully embark on a career path and thrive in the workforce, and engage with professionals to serve as mentors for continued development.
“This is about giving kids jobs, and it’s really good for young people to work, I worked as a kid, a lot of disciplined work ethic, I think what’s neat about this, you have kids who have worked as staffers and counselors, monitoring younger kids,” said AG Healey.
Three people have been hired to be a part of the program and have been helping with the 2018 Boys & Girls Club’s ten-week long summer camp.
The youth’s experience working at the camp includes learning hands-on job skills and opportunities to be mentored by a professional at the club.
Attorney General Maura Healey and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse toured the club and spent time with the program recipients Wednesday afternoon.