United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Point of Impact

Youth Summer Jobs Don’t Look Like This Anymore

summer jobs for youthSummer jobs are a rite of passage, a coming-of-age milestone for many teenagers. Sweating while scooping ice cream or mowing lawns taught many of us to show up on time and work hard, while providing some pocket money for gas or college.

Today, the numbers show that fewer teenagers are getting summer jobs. In fact, Bloomberg reports nearly 60% of young people ages 16-19 today are not working during the summer months, compared to 30% in the 1970s. But a few Boston area companies are leading the way to ensure that quality summer jobs are available to all our youth. READ MORE!


United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative is reversing summer learning loss by turning summer time into learning time for over 3,000 elementary school-age children at 25 program sites in our region. A partnership between United Way, BOSTnet, community-based organizations and school districts, the Summer Learning Collaborative improves children’s literacy outcomes by integrating literacy activities in fun and meaningful ways into existing summer camp programs in low-income communities.

Last year, one-third of children participating in United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative were reading below grade level. An evaluation of the 2016 Summer Learning Program by Tufts University revealed 85% of participating children avoided summer learning loss and 64% maintained or increased reading skills.


summer learning collaborative

This is what the new summer learning
really looks like
The Waltham Boys & Girls Club is turning traditional summer programming into a hands-on summer learning and literacy experience. And the kids LOVE it.

Summer Learning resources

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