Mayor Menino Leadership Forum


Mayor Menino Leadership Forum

Many thanks to John Hancock for sponsoring the Forum and for inviting BU Prof. Joe LiPuma and myself as keynote speakers. We focused on “Young Entrepreneurs as Leaders,” and had 600+ City of Boston teens work in teams coming up with 1-minute idea pitches. They’re all Martin Luther King Scholars and we were really impressed by their “can do” attitudes. Check out the pics below.

Here’s a web site reference, and the description follows below.

Working in close partnership with the Boston Globe, Boston University, Partners HealthCare, The Ad Club, and the City of Boston, John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program addresses what is deemed a critical need in Boston – summer jobs for city youth.

MLK Summer Scholars seeks to develop a future skilled workforce while adding significant value to our community today. John Hancock provides funding to local non-profit organizations, who are given the flexibility to hire youth of their own choosing. Over the course of the summer, Scholars gain important career readiness skills, and help their non-profit organizations deliver on their missions. With over 600 youth participating annually, MLK Summer Scholars is the largest, most comprehensive, corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country.

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of MLK Summer Scholars. Please watch the video below celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, and looking at the program over the years.

Program Structure

Selected organizations will receive $1,825 for each MLK Scholar position awarded.
MLK Summer Scholars is open to teens, who are full-time residents of the City of Boston, preferably within the target age range of 16–18, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

As part of the summer experience, youth participants, from neighborhoods throughout the City, are required to attend bi-weekly personal development workshops. The workshops are intended to guide the teens through a discovery process where they can explore their current path and focus on next steps in achieving education and employment goals. The curriculum consistently integrates important messages on social responsibility, leadership development, and civic involvement.

The program will begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and end on Friday, August 18, 2017.



About Author

Greg Stoller is actively involved in building entrepreneurship and international business programs at Boston University in the Questrom School of Business. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship, global strategy and management and runs the Asian International Management Experience Program, and the Asian International Consulting Project.

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