Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds
Boston Globe - 06/27/2016
Because the control group was more likely to be over age 16, white, and come from two-parent, English-speaking households, and therefore more likely to have job skills and higher educational goals, the results are conservative, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, the Northeastern University professor who coauthored the study with Trinh Nguyen, director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development for the City of Boston.
Increasing employment opportunities is critical to the professional development and future success of today’s youth, particularly those from lower-income, minority homes, Modestino said. Kids from middle- and upper-class homes who can’t find a job will be fine, she said, because they can go to academic camps or do unpaid internships. It’s the ones who may not think college is in their future who benefit the most from early work experience.