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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein
March 24, 2009                                                      617-348-6241
                                                                    Randy Miller
                                                                    617-348-6244



                    Apply Now for ABCD Summer Jobs!
  Teenagers, Older Youths Urged to Apply at ABCD Neighborhood Sites
Teenagers and young people up to age 24 are urged to apply now for the ABCD SummerWorks
program. This year Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will provide summer
jobs for young people ages 14 to 24.

Applications for the 2009 ABCD SummerWorks jobs program for youngsters from low-income
families are now available at local neighborhood sites. Those interested can call 617-348-6548 or
log onto www.bostonabcd.org for information on the ABCD neighborhood center where they
should apply

The ABCD SummerWorks program offers paid work experience, tutoring, mentoring and career
development to disadvantaged youths in the city of Boston. Those served by ABCD are the most
at-risk young people in the city – all come from inner-city families with a total family income of
$28,605 or less for a family of four.

ABCD SummerWorks is part of Mayor Thomas Menino’s summer jobs initiative for Boston and
has provided opportunities for at-risk Boston youth since 1965. This year ABCD officials
anticipate some additional funds from state and federal sources, but say the still must rely on
private fundraising initiatives to serve the many teenagers applying to the program.

One such fundraising effort, the celebrated ABCD Field of Dreams Softball Tournament
scheduled for May 11 at Fenway Park, invites Boston-area companies to play on the field at
historic Fenway Park, home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. This year there are still
opportunities available for companies to participate. Call 617-348-6238 for more information.

“We hope that state and federal funding and the generosity of donors will enable us to put more
young people to work this year,” said ABCD President/CEO Bob Coard. “These kids want and
need jobs. Last year we had 4,000 applications for 1,100 funded SummerWorks jobs. We provide
career development, tutoring, mentoring with caring adults. We get teenagers off the street and
engaged in positive pursuits. It’s a win-win program.”

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Coard also pointed out that this year’s expected federal funds are directed to older youth, ages 16
to 24. “We must rely on state and corporate funding to provide jobs for our all-important 14-to-
16-year-olds,” he said. “Our experience shows that when we work with these young teens we can
help move them in a positive direction. We hope the state and our other funding sources will
recognize this need and continue their support of this program.”

The program places young people in jobs at local non-profit organizations including hospitals,
health centers, museums, day camps, government agencies and child care centers. The youths
also participate in work-readiness and career-oriented workshops and receive mentoring and
tutoring, including preparation for the MCAS exam.

About ABCD:
ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices
and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers,
Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel
Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career
Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban
College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high
school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services;
Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries in several Boston neighborhoods; management of
the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees
Charitable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign
(COBECC); advocacy and consumer services.

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