Awards $300,000 to 74 Organizations to Fund Jobs for Young People Focused on Promoting Healthy Living

Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office is awarding nearly $300,000 in grant funding to 74 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness.

This is the seventh year that the AG’s Office is running the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program, which enables teens to have a direct impact in their communities by working in jobs that promote good nutrition, physical fitness and healthy living. The grant program is funded with health care and fair labor related settlement money from the AG’s Office. As the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, grantees will continue to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), incorporate social distancing, and transition to virtual workplaces where appropriate.

“Our summer jobs program provides hundreds of teens across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new skills, and make a difference in their own communities by promoting healthy living,” AG Healey said. “We have worked hard to continue this program each year and are grateful to our grantees for making important adjustments to their programs to ensure employed teens are safe as we recover from the pandemic.”

This summer, the AG’s Community Engagement Division will be providing webinars and in-person trainings on workers’ rights to teens employed through the grant program.

Examples of jobs funded through this year’s grant program include:

Building and maintaining a community garden or urban farm;
Addressing food security and wellness needs of low-income communities;
Providing educational content on the environment and local natural resources; and
Instructing youth on recreational and wellness activities.

Since launching the grant program in 2015, AG Healey has funded more than 1,000 jobs for young people across the state.

This year, 74 organizations – including nonprofits, municipalities, and other government offices – will be receiving funding through the program, including:

Barnstable County
Pleasant Bay Community Boating in Harwich
Cape Cod YMCA in Sandwich

Berkshire County
Greenagers, Inc. in South Egremont
Berkshire South Regional Community Center in Great Barrington
Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield

Bristol County
Community Boating Center of New Bedford
Boys and Girls Club of Fall River in Assonet
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South in Brockton and Taunton

Dukes County
Island Grown Initiative in West Tisbury
Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club

Essex County
Backyard Growers in Gloucester
Beyond Soccer, Inc. in Lawrence
Camp Fire North Shore in Salem
City of Newburyport
Groundwork Lawrence
New American Association of Massachusetts in Lynn
Suenos Basketball in Lawrence
YMCA of Metro North in Peabody
YMCA of the North Shore in Beverly
The Food Project Inc. in Lynn

Franklin Country
Greenfield Recreation Department
Hilltown Youth & Recovery Theatre in Shelburne Falls

Hampden County
Gardening the Community, a Project of Third Sector New England in Springfield
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield
Ascentria Community Services, Inc in West Springfield
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc
Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Inc

Hampshire County
Amherst Survival Center
All Out Adventures in Northampton
MMASDC, Inc. in Amherst
City of Easthampton

Middlesex County
The3PointFoundation in West Newton
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest in Marlborough
Community Farms Outreach in Waltham
Mill City Grows in Lowell
Mystic Valley YMCA in Malden
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence in Waltham
City of Somerville
Watertown Boys and Girls Club
Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc in Boston
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc
MetroWest YMCA in Framingham
Cambridge Camping Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield

Norfolk County
Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton
Town of Randolph
South Shore YMCA in Quincy

Worcester County
Making Opportunity Count (MOC, Inc.) in Fitchburg
Ansaar of Worcester, Inc
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
City of Worcester
Girls Inc. of Worcester
Hockomock Area YMCA in Milford
Regional Environmental Council in Worcester
YMCA of Central Massachusetts in Worcester

Plymouth County
Family and Community Resources, Inc in Brockton
The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield

Suffolk County
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership in Dorchester
Bikes Not Bombs, Inc in Jamaica Plain
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. in Boston
City of Revere/Revere on the Move
Community Rowing, Inc in Brighton
La Alianza Hispana in Boston
Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts in Dorchester
Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston
St. Stephen’s Youth Programs in Boston
YMCA of Greater Boston
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Charlestown Coalition
The Boston Project Ministries in Dorchester
GreenRoots in Chelsea
City of Chelsea – Public Works

AG Healey’s Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program will fund employment for young people at the organizations from July 5, 2021 through September 3, 2021.

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