July 24, 2017
 
Boston Foundation Gives, May Institute Gets, Funds for Jobs

July 11, 2017 — The Boston Foundation has granted $266,750 to 22 nonprofits to support jobs for Boston area young people, while the May Institute in Randolph, a national nonprofit that serves children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, received $250,000 to boost employment for people with autism.

Boston Foundation Gives $266K to 22 Nonprofits to Support Jobs for Youth

The Boston Foundation (TBF) yesterday announced that it has granted $266,750 to 22 area nonprofits to support summer employment for young people ages 13 – 18 years who might not otherwise have job opportunities this summer.

The grants are targeted to support more than 700 jobs to Boston-area youth.

Paul S. Grogan, TBF president and CEO, said, “Summer jobs have become an all-too-scarce commodity in some communities – we are able to provide flexible dollars that will allow our partners to offer pre-employment opportunities to our 13- and 14-year-olds who so often feel too old for camp but not quite ready for summer employment, and employment opportunities to our most vulnerable youth which includes LGBTQ, immigrant, homeless and court-involved young people."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • African Community Economic Development of New England: $7,500
  • The BASE: $10,000
  • Boston Centers for Youth and Families: $20,000
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: $15,000
  • Camp Harbor View: $50,000
  • Caribbean Youth Club: $7,500
  • Catholic Charities: $7,500
  • Dorchester Family YMCA: $5,250
  • Friends of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, Inc.: $15,000
  • Madison Park Development Corporation: $10,000
  • Medicine Wheel Productions: $7,500
  • Mothers for Justice and Equality: $7,500
  • My Life My Choice: $10,000
  • Pleasant Hill Baptist Church: $7,500
  • Sociedad Latina, Inc.: $15,000
  • Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center: $7,500
  • The Summer Fund: $25,000
  • Sustainability Guild International: $7,500
  • Transformative Culture Project: $7,500
  • United Somali Youth: $7,000
  • West End House Boys and Girls Club: $10,000
  • YMCA of Greater Boston: $7,500

May Institute Awarded $250K to Advance Employment for People with Autism

May Institute, a national nonprofit based in Randolph that provides programs and services to individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs, today announced that it has received a two-year, $250,000 grant to support employment for people with ASD.

The grant from the Kessler Foundation will help fund the Meaningful Jobs Initiative, a collaborative venture between May Institute, its National Autism Center, and WORK Inc., the largest employer of people with disabilities in New England.

This employment program will identify, train, and support adults with ASD for potential employment in the security industry in New England. The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) will also serve as partners between May Institute and WORK Inc.

“Kessler’s investment in our Meaningful Jobs Initiative will support a training program that may result in the employment of individuals with ASD in a variety of positions within the security industry,” said Robert F. Putnam, executive vice president of positive behavior interventions and supports at May Institute. “One of our goals is to develop guidelines for best practices on how to create a positive work environment for people with ASD. If this effort is successful, we hope that it could be replicated on a national level, impacting hundreds of men and women with autism,” added Putnam.

James Cassetta, president and CEO of WORK Inc., said, “This is a unique collaboration and one that may give individuals with ASD the opportunity to work in a multitude of different roles in the security industry at the conclusion of their vocational and academic training,” adding "this is a program that will change - for the better - the national conversation surrounding the best ways to incorporate the disabled into our country’s workforce.”

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