Newsline Volume 33, Number 3

Development Corner:
MLK Summer Scholars Find Success

3Derrick Sapp became part of the Federation family through John Hancock's MLK Summer Scholars program, which aims to provide Boston's youth with work experience and job readiness skills while giving back to local non-profit organizations. The Federation was awarded a Partnership with the 2012 MLK Summer Scholars program, enabling us to hire two summer interns. Derrick assisted Mass Family Voices and the Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents by completing research, collating and implementing mailings, and organizing the stock room. Derrick graduated from New Mission High School and has an ongoing relationship with the Federation, as several staff members are assisting him with educational goals. He says his experience at the Federation has really helped his computer skills, especially with using email.

Working at the Federation gave Derrick something unexpected as well - a new bike! When Derrick's bike broke on his way to work one morning, he was unsure how he'd be able to complete his internship. A staff member heard about what happened and offered a solution; her son had a bike that Derrick could have. Derrick decided to donate his old bike to the Boys and Girls Club in Charlestown which is starting a Bikes Not Bombs program, accomplishing exactly what the Summer Scholars Program sets out to do - empower Boston's youth to be able to give back to our communities.

The Federation is extraordinarily grateful to John Hancock for the opportunity to participate in this program!