REPORT RELEASE: Career Pathways for Boston’s Opportunity Youth

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) brought together 150 community partners to learn about the new Career Pathways for Boston’s Opportunity Youth report, produced by the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy. The report – the third in the joint series produced collaboratively by the Rennie Center and the OYC – analyzes the status of career pathways for opportunity youth in Boston, and lifts up ideas for improving that status. The research for the report, as supported by Youth Voice Project leader Amanda Shabowich, incorporates significant youth feedback. This adds to the authenticity of the findings and makes them more meaningful, while also grounding the analysis in the lived experience of those most impacted.

Rennie Center researchers Sinead Chalmers and Laura Dziorny presented the report findings, and provided some of their analysis. Tony Benoit, President of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, gave the closing remarks, where he focused specifically on how institutions can respond to the needs of opportunity youth by diversifying the types of career pathways available, and committing to making them accessible for all young people. Panelists included:

  • Alysia Ordway, Employer Engagement Director, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Moïse Michel, Community Partnerships and Recruiting Manager, City Year
  • Alison Carter Marlow, Director of Programs and Operations, YouthBuild Boston
  • Mario Hines, Chief Program Officer, InnerCity Weightlifting

This event was a reaffirmation of the core goals of the Opportunity Youth Collaborative: to bring partners together, coordinate the work, and elevate youth advocates. The OYC and its affiliates continue to seek ways to use the city’s considerable resources to connect all young adults to education, training, and career-level employment.