Established in 2005, the First Jobs program provides “first jobs” for teens ages 14-19 on the North Shore. The program benefits teens by providing valuable job training, experience and income, and nonprofit organizations by covering the salary of an additional employee for the summer months.
The North Shore Workforce Investment Board recruits and trains teens for their first summer job. The WIB conducts a series of workshops throughout the year at local high schools on how to interview for jobs, how to dress and act at a job site, etc. First Jobs connects both local businesses and nonprofit organizations needing summer help with teens looking for employment.
The First Jobs Fund raises money to support nonprofits who apply for summer teens. Nonprofits can apply for funding to support employment of teens at their agency for four to eight weeks. Potential employers then interview applicants and select the candidate best suited for the stated position. For-profit businesses can support the program by hiring teens or donating to the Fund.
First Jobs serves teens from the communities of: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Ipswich, Gloucester, Hamilton, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham.
In 2015 a total of 599 teens were placed in jobs at for profit and nonprofit organization. Eighteen of the 19 towns had teen participants with 68.9% from Lynn, 13.9% from Salem and 8.5% from Peabody. the average age was 17.7 with 55% male. For more information, see northshorewib.com/f1rst-jobs.