We help empower people to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to achieve economic mobility. We focus on innovative career readiness, job training, and financial literacy programs that are designed to help people succeed in a fast-changing economy.
Working in close partnership with the Boston Globe, Boston University, Partners HealthCare, The Ad Club, and the City of Boston, John Hancock's MLK Scholars program addresses what is deemed a critical need in Boston - summer jobs for city youth.
Each summer, John Hancock sponsors the employment of over 600 Boston teens at nearly 70 local non-profit organizations—the largest summer jobs program of its kind. The MLK Scholars program is built on the inspirational values and legacy of its namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This empowering program turns scholars into leaders, in the office, the classroom and the greater community. To elevate the work experience, John Hancock organizes a series of Mayor Menino Leadership Forums held at Boston University. The forums expose scholars to business and civic leaders, challenge them to learn new skills, and inspire them to realize the difference they can make in their communities.
MLK Scholars Program Structure
Selected organizations will receive $1,825 for each MLK Scholar position awarded.
MLK Scholars is open to teens, who are full-time residents of the City of Boston, preferably within the target age range of 16–18, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.
As part of the summer experience, youth participants, from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend bi-weekly personal development workshops. The workshops are intended to guide the teens through a discovery process where they can explore their current path and focus on next steps in achieving education and employment goals. The curriculum consistently integrates important messages on social responsibility, leadership development, and civic involvement.
The program will begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and end on Friday, August 18, 2017.
We are proud to support a range of programs and organizations that foster financial empowerment throughout our community:
The application for Summer 2017 is now closed. To be notified when the application for Summer 2018 is live, please sign up here.
We’re excited to announce our 2017 program partners: