The race for mayor

Mayoral candidates talk youth employment

Sponsored by: Youth Jobs Coalition

Location: The union hall at 26 West St.

Attendees: Marty Walsh, Bill Walczak, David James Wyatt, John Barros, Charles Yancey, Felix Arroyo, proxy for Charlotte Golar Richie.


Six of the 12 candidates spent an hour discussing the importance of youth jobs and education at a forum attended by more than 100 Boston youth. All six candidates pledged to expand the Boston Youth Fund jobs program to 18- and 19-year-olds, to meet with State House leaders about the need for more youth job funding, and to meet with the 350 companies operating within the city that currently do not hire teenagers.


David James Wyatt, who said new funds for youth jobs will mean cuts to other parts of the city budget.

  • “I would certainly do everything I could to make sure everyone who wanted a summer job could have one.”

Bill Walczak, who pointed out how little money youth jobs cost, compared to other parts of the budget.

  • “I’d call together the leaders of the business community and make sure they’re leading on this issue.”

John Barros

  • “This is not a question of it being too much money. It’s a question of having a mayor that values our young folks.”

Marty Walsh

  • “As a state representative, I’ve worked to make sure we have funding for youth jobs every single year.”

Felix Arroyo, who said that state and federal funding for youth employment is evaporating.

  • “I’m proud that we’ve never cut the budget at the city. We can’t say the same about the state.”

Charles Yancey, who said he wants the city to hire 300 more youth workers and mentors:

  • “Boston companies should be hiring more people who actually live in the city.”

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