Biogen, one of Just-A-Start’s longtime community partners, this year awarded the JAS TeenWork program with a $20,000 grant. The sponsorship provides Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students access to summer employment opportunities they would not have otherwise.
“It’s a tremendous show of support to our program,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of Just-A-Start. “More importantly, it is a tremendous show of support for the Cambridge community and the youths we serve.”
Students are recruited into the TeenWork program from CRLS, where they must have a C+ average or better and an 85% or higher daily attendance rate. JAS staff prescreen each youth, and provide job development, employment readiness training, job matching, and supportive job counseling to each participant. Staff also conduct employer site visits, and collaborate with the employer and other agencies to ensure a quality experience for the teens, who range in age from 16-19 and in many cases have never had a job.
Biogen discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological, autoimmune, and hematologic disorders. Founded in 1978 by a small group of visionary scientists, Biogen helped pioneer the biotechnology industry. Today, Biogen is one of the oldest independent biotechnology companies in the world.