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Positively Impacting the Lives of Boston's Youth

The Boston Bar’s Summer Jobs Program, one of many public service initiatives funded by the Boston Bar Foundation, has been providing unique educational & career development opportunities for Boston public high school students every summer since 1993.

Each year, the Summer Jobs Program provides Boston area youth with a chance to gain important workplace skills, be exposed to role models & mentors in the legal field, and explore a career within the legal profession. By combining substantive, paid summer internships with weekly enrichment seminars, the Summer Jobs Program makes a real and lasting impact in the lives of young people.

The Summer Jobs Program is supported annually by the BBF’s M. Ellen Carpenter Fund. The Fund supports paid positions at legal nonprofits, with government agencies, and in the courts.

Meet some of the 2018 BBF Students

Jair Ayalas

Jair Ayalas
Job Placement: U.S. Bankruptcy Court

“Since I was young, I have always strived to become an attorney. The way they [use] their words has always inspired me. I strongly believe this program will help me polish skills that will help me excel in today’s competitive legal market.”


Destinea Gray-Reed

Destinea Gray-Reed
Job Placement: Executive Office of Health & Human Services

“I want to strive [to work in] the field of law [because] I can share my generosity by helping different people in society which can cause a chain reaction. I’ve always dreamed about helping someone who’s in a rough patch of their life because it gives them hope and can make them want to achieve excellence even if it’s a little late into their lives. If they are seen moving up in life, it can inspire people to do the same, which is why my participation in this program is important.”


Daniela Londono

Daniela Londono
Job Placement: U.S. District Court, Clerk’s Office

“I am interested in pursuing a career in law because I believe that people need to speak for those who do not have a voice.”


Sarah Ramirez

Sarah Ramirez
Job Placement: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

“I want to participate in this program because I have always been interested in law and social justice. The program will give me the opportunity to learn what being a lawyer or prosecutor is like.”


Stefan Rijos

Stefan Rijos
Job Placement: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

“Ever since I arrived in Massachusetts, I’ve been looking forward to accepting any new opportunity that comes my way. This is because, as I see it, the purpose of having a job during your high school years is to slowly develop an attitude of responsibility for a better future.”