News from the PIC
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.
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On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) brought together 200 community partners to present its new report on connecting opportunity youth to education, training, and employment opportunities.
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On Wednesday, May 2, the PIC, Bank of America and the City of Boston organized the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Employer Appreciation Reception. The event convened private sector employers who have committed to hiring Boston youth for summer jobs at their companies and those who are considering bringing high school students into their offices this summer.
Over the last decade, the dropout rate for Boston Public Schools (BPS) students has decreased significantly, from 9.4% in 2006 to 3.6% in 2017, the lowest on record. During the 2016-17 school year, 660 students left school before graduating, a sharp decline from the 1,936 students who left during the 2005-06 school year. This decrease is attributable to many factors, among them the work of Boston’s Re-Engagement Center (REC), a partnership between the PIC and BPS.
The PIC released a new report for Success Boston, the city's college completion initiative, detailing the college enrollment and completion of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Class of 2011. In response to a goal set in 2008 that 70% of college-going BPS graduates earn a degree, Staying the Course takes a closer look at the progress we've made as a city, as well as the work we must do to support all students as they pursue postsecondary education.
On March 9, the PIC organized its 23rd annual Job Shadow Day for Boston public high school students. Job Shadow Day serves as a first look for both students and employers ahead of summer jobs. For employers who are considering hiring high school students, the day serves as a way to experience having students in the office. For the students, it is an opportunity to preview what it might be like to work at a company during the summer. In total, 456 students visited 44 employer across the city of Boston.
Tech Apprentice was launched in 2005 as a collaborative effort between the Boston PIC, BATEC, and Tech Boston. To-date, the initiative has facilitated more than 1,000 paid IT-related internships for Boston public high school students. The PIC's newly released 10-year retrospective study profiles the 734 students who had a Tech Apprentice internship between Summer 2006 and Summer 2016, examining their subsequent education and employment choices.