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Walsh hosts 4th annual Youth Enrichment Day

Jamaleek Bush, 17 (left), and Keianna Richardson, 17, have fun with the program’s theme of “Grab the Wheel.” They will both work at the Tobin Community Center.

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Jamaleek Bush, 17 (left), and Keianna Richardson, 17, have fun with the program’s theme of “Grab the Wheel.” They will both work at the Tobin Community Center.

About 2,000 Boston students took part in the 4th Annual Youth Enrichment Day Thursday morning at Boston University’s Agganis Arena as part of Mayor Martin Walsh’s summer jobs program.

“Grab the Wheel,” the program’s theme, highlighted the importance of teens steering their own course by taking opportunities, stepping into leadership roles, and overcoming fears of failure in new jobs.

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“We’re proud to recognize our hard working teens and the commitment they’ve made to grow this summer,” Walsh, the keynote speaker at the event, said in a statement. “Our young people have the power to change our city . . . One of our top priorities is always finding new opportunities.”

Students participated in workshops and listened to advice from guest speakers about how to better prepare for their various summer jobs.

Boston, MA - 7/6/2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh (cq) takes a selfie on the stage with MCs Joshua Screen (cq), left, and Maya Smith (cq). Both 21-year-olds work with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). Teens attend the 4th Annual Youth Enrichment Day for the SuccessLink Mayor's Summer Jobs Program (cq), at Boston University's Agganis Arena. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: summerjobs Reporter: XXX

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh takes a selfie on the stage with MCs Joshua Screen, left, and Maya Smith. Both 21-year-olds work with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF).

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SuccessLink Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program will place students in various jobs at local summer camps, museums and businesses downtown, according to the city.

Some students are working their first job this summer. Others hope to build upon lessons learned in past jobs.

“Working during the summer has introduced me to amazing people,” Cheyenne Paterson, 16, of Dorchester, a Boston Latin Academy student, said in the statement.

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Her summer jobs have “taught me how to act in a professional setting and helped me decide what I want to do in the future,” she added.

During Enrichment Day, Walsh also announced the winners of “Youth Lead the Change,” a program that allowed Boston residents ages 12-25 to select capital projects that will be funded by $1 million in the city budget.

The initiative was designed to allow young members of the community to participate in the budgeting process, according to the city.

The winning projects will provide a range of resources, such as a jobs resource truck to help with a job search; a digital billboard to display job opportunities for homeless youth; performing and visual arts space; a technology media center; and mobile retail space for youth entrepreneurs.

Alyssa Meyers can be reached at alyssa.meyers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.
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