PBS: How Jobs Can Help Kids Stay in School [VIDEO] – Featuring BASB Board Vice Chair Wanda McClain

“According to the PIC, Boston’s push to hire students has helped increase high school graduation rates in the city by 11% over the past five years.”


Wanda McClain, Executive Director of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Center for Community Health and Health Equity, and the Student Success Jobs Program were featured on PBS News Hour December 31, 2012.  We are proud to support McClain, who is the Vice Chair of our Board of Directors, and the inspiring work of the Student Success Jobs Program.  The program “was originally designed to give students, mainly from minority backgrounds, meaningful work experiences in the healthcare industry,” and 97% of the program’s graduates have gone on to complete college.

Also featured in the video is the Boston Private Industry Council, our frequent partner, which connects students to employers and mentors, summer jobs and internships.  To learn more about the PIC’s work with high school students, check out our Summer Learning Project 2012 Video about one student’s experience in the Burke High School – Freedom House – Boston PIC Partnership.