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GOTCHA - Job Fair Held March 17, 2011 at Bird St Youth Center

Posted: March 19, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

GOTCHA (Get off the street hanging around) is a community collaborative of over two dozen non-profits.  Their goal is to foster youth leadership and build vibrant, caring community through meaningful employment opportunities while leveraging additional support. 

The collaborative is led by five planning partners: Bird Street Community Center, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Bay EDC, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and The City School. 

The other GOTCHA collaborative summer hiring organizations are:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Beth Israel)
  • Children's Services of Roxbury
  • Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
  • MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
  • Orchard Garden Pilot School
  • Project Hope
  • Talented & Gifted Summer Program (TAG)
  • The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Kroc Center)
  • TSA - Children's Learning Center and Youth
Youth came from all over Boston on Thursday, March 17, 2011.  One anxious looking young lady was on the wrong side of the street, trying to make it to the job fair on time:  "Can you tell me where Bird St is?"

After registering, you could start out working on your resume or you could go directly to the job fair.  The fourth floor of the Youth Center was filled with conference tables  - one per organization - with displays that helped to explain who they were and what type of work was being offered. 

Interviews with youth should just how important summer jobs are in the lives of our city's youth.

More than just Gotcha members attended the job fair and Gotcha provided a booklet organizing the jobs available by type:
  • Organizing & youth leadership - DSNI, Dorchester Bay, The City School, Youth Police in Partnership
  • Office work - Bird Street Comm Center, TAG, Kroc Center, MAPS, Project Hope
  • Landscaping & maintenance - Dudley Neighbors
  • Healthcare - Beth Israel, Bowdoin St Health Center
  • The arts - Project Hip Hop, Bird Street Comm Center
  • Teaching assistant - Bird St, Kroc Center, Orchard Garden Pilot School, TAG, Children's Services of Roxbury
  • Other - Harvard School of Public Health, Private Industry Council, Franklin Park Coalition, SAW - Sisters at Work, Youthbuild Boston, MASSCash
That's quite an impressive set of opportunities for our city's youth.  ALL jobs will be filled (approx 3300) but not all youth will get jobs (approx 7700).
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