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Hopeline open for Boston teens to connect with summer jobs

The 2014 HOPELINE Summer Jobs Registration for Boston teens registration period begins today, February 1 and closes on March 3. For the first time in years, the summer jobs program has been extended to include 15-18 year olds in its employment opportunities.

For more than 20 years, the Boston Youth Fund has provided job opportunities for Boston teens in a wide variety of positions at partnering non-profit organizations throughout the city. Teen employees aid organizations in providing programming and services to children and families as counselors, tutors, mentors, and day care assistants. Partner organizations include City departments, health care centers, day camps, recreation and sports programs, and faith-based organizations.

The HOPELINE is the only application process for the Boston Youth Fund Summer Employment Program, and is only available for a limited time. Potential employees must apply with the HOPELINE in order to be considered for a position this summer.

Teens interested in applying must:

- Be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
- Turn 15 years old, on or before July 7, 2014
- Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before August 15, 2014
- Be legally permitted to work in the United States

The online HOPELINE application will be available from 10:00 AM on February 1 through 11:59 PM on March 3. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the Boston Youth Fund website,www.bostonyouthfund.org, by clicking the "Registration" tab.

The application can also be completed over the phone by calling 617-635-HOPE (4673). The HOPELINE phone lines will be open February 18-20 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

To help potential employees learn about the job opportunities available to them, the Boston Youth Fund will host the 2014 Summer Job Fair on Saturday, February 15, from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM at the Central Library in Copley Square.

The Job Fair will feature employers from over 100 organizations so teens can learn about summer job opportunities available to them this summer. Additionally, the Mayor's Youthline Career Peers will present career development workshops on resume writing, interview skills, and professionalism on the job. BYF staff will also be available to help teens register for the HOPELINE at the event.

Teens wishing to attend and participate, can pre-register for the event: