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Filling the gaps to expand summer teen employment

It’s no secret that summer employment for teens has largely dried up in the past 20 years, and that we can have a role in addressing it. Today, just 26% of Massachusetts teenagers are employed , down from over 50% in 1999. Greater Boston’s young adult employment lags behind the rest of the state.
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Pledge 1% Boston Partner Spotlight: Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight's Technology & Telecommunications Industry Sector Group is a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers with deep tech-sector domain expertise. The team is comprised of over 100 attorneys in the U.S. and other countries, many of whom have relevant technical degrees and non-legal industry experience. They work with tech clients small and large, investors and acquirers to maximize the value of client innovations and business interests. The team includes lawyers with every relevant type of legal expertise, including corporate law and finance, intellectual property, tax, employment, privacy and data security, regulatory compliance and lobbying.

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Pledge 1% Boston Member Spotlight: Door of Clubs

Door of Clubs logoPranam Lipinski was born and raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in the town of Adams.  While attending Endicott College as a business major, he co-founded the college’s Investment Club.  It was through founding that club that Pranam developed his desire to support and harness the initiative of students who participate in clubs at schools.  Today, he is Co-Founder of the new Pledge 1% Boston company Door of Clubs

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Boston’s Subtle Racism Needs To Be Addressed

Fenway Park made international news earlier this month after Adam Jones, the Baltimore Orioles' center fielder, told reporters that a Sox fan had called him the N-word before hurling a bag of peanuts onto the field. (He referenced the incident again over the weekend when he donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.) The night after Jones reported the incident, another fan was kicked out of the park -- banned for life -- after he used that same ugly epithet to describe the Kenyan singer of the national anthem.

The Red Sox organization moved aggressively to apologize to Jones and denounce the act. The fact that the fans gave a standing ovation for Jones the following night and the incident with the Kenyan singer was reported by a 35-year-old white male fan gave me more hope.

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A Reflection on the First Year of Open Door Grants

As we entered the final quarter of the first year review process for our Open Door Grants program, I find myself reflecting back at what a tremendous experience it’s been. As a Foundation, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with organizations we’ve never worked with before, and reconnect with organizations that we haven’t worked with since establishing our impact areas in 2009. We’ve supported pilot efforts as well as long-standing programs and organizations with decades of success under their belts. And, given the recent shifts in the federal landscape, I am especially proud that we were able to show up for and support organizations that work to protect and support immigrants and other marginalized communities.
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