Conversation in Civic Innovation: Enabling Youth Employment

| MSNE Staff

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As summer approaches, young people across Greater Boston will be out of school and seeking meaningful employment.  The Mayor’s offices in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and other cities have established thoughtful summer jobs programs; additionally, new technology tools are being developed to help connect youth to jobs. Ensuring graduates can find jobs that match their interests and skill sets requires a cross-sector approach from government, private sector and the non-profit space. This event will explore the opportunities and challenges in youth employment, and address the following questions:

  • How can the city partner with local companies to enable youth employment?
  • How do we enable youth to connect summer job experience to future career opportunities?
  • What is the role of technology in connecting youth to jobs?
  • How do we scale youth employment resources to reach municipalities across Massachusetts?

Join us to discuss this crucial economic development topic.


  • Shari Davis, Department of Youth Engagement & Employment, City of Boston
  • Ayda Zugay, YouthHUB
  • Matt Cloyd, MAPC
  • Christopher Scranton, Jobcase
  • Moderator: Aimee Sprung, Civic Engagement Manager @ Microsoft

In coordination with the Venture Café Foundation, the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center will convene a Conversation on Civic Innovation on April 20, 2016, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Roxbury Innovation Center.

Register Today: Click Here.

About Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England:
The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center we are extending beyond the tech community to:

  • Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government communities;
  • Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions, and;
  • Contribute more directly with the health and vitality of greater New England.

About Venture Café Foundation
The Venture Café Foundation is a non-profit whose mission consists of three pillars:

  • Building and connecting communities of innovation
  • Expanding the definition of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Building a more inclusive innovation economy

The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through:

  • Spaces for individuals and organizations to gather, tell stories, and build relationships, such as Venture Café at CIC in Cambridge, District Hall and soon the Roxbury Innovation Center.
  • Programs that create connections, such as Captains of Innovation and the Innovation Visitor Bureau.
  • Conversations and events that expand an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as the Innovation and the City conference and Civic Innovation Series.

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