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Attorney General Maura Healey gives piece of $300,000 in Youth Jobs Grant Program to Fall River area

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BOSTON – 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 County

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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