|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
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
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).
- Other - Harvard School of Public Health, Private Industry
Council, Franklin Park Coalition, SAW - Sisters at Work, Youthbuild