Friday, August 3, 2012

MGH Summer Jobs program in 22nd year


RISING TO THE OCCASION: Christy Egun, director of Boston Partnerships at the Center for Community Health Improvement, left, hugs Arias at the Summer Jobs orientation.


Benni Arias entered the MGH Summer Jobs orientation in early July with confidence, ready to begin his fifth year in the program and his fourth year in MGH Police, Security and Outside Services. Working with supervisors Jennifer Goba and Rebecca Colburn, Arias helps patrol both the Main Campus and Charlestown Navy Yard and assists with security calls. His experience with the department has inspired him to pursue a degree in criminal justice when he enters Framingham State University this fall.

“I like helping people,” says Arias. “I’ve learned new skills and passed my First Response training course. Each summer I have more responsibilities, and I rise to the occasion.”

Arias is one of more than 150 students involved in this year’s Summer Jobs program, which runs from July 9 to Aug. 17. At the Summer Jobs orientation, District 7 Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson provided opening remarks, encouraging students to unlock their potential and take advantage of the career opportunities at the MGH.

“Everyone has to take a personal interest in making yourself  better,” he told the students.

The MGH is the city’s largest health care employer, and as part of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Summer Jobs Campaign, it also is the city’s largest employer of youth in the summer. The Summer Jobs Program, now in its 22nd year, is overseen by the Center for Community Health Improvement.

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