On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Metro Credit Union will celebrate its 90th Anniversary by hosting a fundraiser to support the Chelsea Collaborative Summer Youth Employment Program. We hope you can join us!
Metro opened its doors 90 years ago as the Chelsea Credit Union with the founding principal of People Helping People. The focus then was on bettering the lives of Chelsea residents and the Chelsea community. Fast forward to 2016 and Metro’s mission has not changed – it is all about People Helping People. That is why sharing our anniversary with the Chelsea Collaborative Summer Youth Employment Initiative (SYEI) is truly an honor and privilege. We will celebrate Chelsea youth by providing more opportunities for summer employment ensuring our young people of Chelsea thrive. Please join us and support this wonderful program!
The SYEI was created to reduce and ultimately eliminate youth violence. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Latino leaders were meeting at Chelsea City Hall to address concerns about the increase in youth and gang violence. That summer a young person lost his life due to gang violence. 2016 has been an equally difficult year in regards to youth violence. With an increase in youth violence it is critical to provide young people this summer with the opportunity to work in a positive environment, feel good about what they are doing while earning money, skills and life-long lessons. It is good for the student, the city, and the business partner.
Each year we have close to 600 applications from youth for the Summer Youth Employment Initiative. Because of limited funding less than 30% of all applicants are hired! We need your support to send more students to work this summer!
Please consider sponsoring a youth. 100% of all donations will go to the Summer Youth Employment Initiative. You can make the difference in the life of a Chelsea youth.
Members of the Summer Youth Employment Initiative Steering Committee held a lottery to fairly and randomly choose applicants who will be interviewed for jobs for the summer months. Each year there are hundreds more applicants than there are jobs. The lottery is a fair and equitable way to chose youth names for interviews and possible future jobs.
This year's Annual May 1st March and Rally brought out hundreds of residents and activists advocating for workers' and immigrants' rights and social justice. The march also featured musical accompaniment by two local bands: The Second Line Marching Band and Banda de la Paz. At the rally at Piers Park in East Boston, the crowd listening to speakers including a striking Verizon worker, the President of the Taxi Drivers Association, a Dunkin Donuts worker engaged in the Fight for $15, an affected restaurant worker and local activists advocating for the full rights of immigrants and workers.