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Menino’s summer jobs program has paved way for many

I want to thank Shirley Leung for her Aug. 30 Business column “More than a paycheck for a summer,” as I echo her thoughts that Mayor Menino will be remembered as Mr. Summer Jobs. I, too, participated in the city’s summer jobs program when I was in high school.

I worked at State Street. The experience taught me to manage time, dress professionally, and perform simple tasks, such as using the copy and fax machines, that schools assumed we already knew how to do.

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My last summer position at State Street was in human resources supporting the HR manager, who was coordinating the summer program for the company at that time. Fast-forward a few years, and I find myself doing the same thing. I am programs coordinator for Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s summer youth program. Had it not been for my experience at State Street, I think my résumé would not have been looked at by any companies.

The mayor’s summer jobs program opened up many doors for me and others, and I have seen the impact it has on youths year after year. This is the agenda item that is important to me in the mayor’s race. I hope that the new mayor has the same vision as Menino for the youths of many generations to come.

Wendy Lam

Boston

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