Jobs Action Tank

We know full-time jobs transform communities. As such, we launched The Jobs Action Tank (JAT) in 2017 with the vision of shifting the status quo of employment and career opportunities for young people from Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan (DRM). Through a collaboration of partners across the city, key nonprofit partners committed to job placement goals for DRM youth and employment partners committed to hiring goals for youth from these nonprofit partners. There is a MAJOR talent pool in the heart of Boston employers have yet to tap. Our non-profit and corporate partners are deeply committed to hiring youth from Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan (DRM). The situation is particularly dire for young people from DRM without a 2-year or 4-year degree. We must find new employment pathways with gutsy leaders, both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. These employment pipelines will be critical in shifting the economic dynamic in Boston.


The Need

  • $8 is the median net worth of a Black household in Greater Boston vs. $247,500 in a White household. We cannot begin to address wealth disparity in this city unless we address JOBS.

  • HR Hiring Bias: Too often employers are using a Bachelor’s degree as a screening tool for jobs that do not require a 4-year degree, thereby complicit in maintaining racist structural barriers.

  • 2 out of 3 jobs are filled by individuals who have at least some college education. Current Population Survey data show there has been a sharp decline in employment among non-college-educated men compared with those who have college degrees—or even those who have spent some time in college.

Long-term goal

700 young people from DRM placed into full-time jobs earning $38,000 average annual income by the end of 2020.

Progress

Non-profit Partners

Corporate Partners