AS HE PREPARED TO GRADUATE from Boston’s Fenway High School this spring, 18-year-old Dashawn Wilson of Mattapan went looking for a job. He’s attending Stonehill College in the fall and wanted to start saving up, he says, “so that my family won’t have to pay as much. I want to be more independent when I leave for school.”
Wilson submitted several applications to local businesses, but the process would always stop there. “I would never hear back,” he says.