Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program
Created in 2015, the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs program provides hundreds of young people across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new skills and make a difference in their communities.
The annual grant program uses funds received by the AG's Office through healthcare-related settlements to provide grants to fund health-focused employment for young people. These grants fund jobs across Massachusetts - in cities and towns, government offices, and nonprofit organizations. Applicants may apply for grants to fund jobs focused on health and wellness activities that benefit public health and Massachusetts health care consumers.
To date, the AG's Office has provided more than $1.5 million in funding through 359 grants to 177 organizations in 82 cities and towns across the state. This has resulted in more than 800 jobs for young people, including jobs coaching sports at summer camps, building and maintaining community gardens, and leading classes on cooking, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.
Past grant recipients include:
- Programs that work to improve public health in low-income communities.
- Programs focused on advancing health-related environmental justice.
- Programs that promote health and wellness among youth and across low-income communities.
- Programs that develop health literacy for youth to improve disease prevention and self-management.
- Programs designed to directly improve the management of chronic diseases for young people, such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
Questions about the AG's Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program can be sent to AGOgrants@state.ma.us.