On Tuesday June 16, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Mayor Martin J. Walsh were among the speakers who addressed a vibrant crowd of young people at the John Hancock building on Congress Street in Boston to promote the MLK Summer Scholars Program. The program provides meaningful summer work experience and personal development opportunities to over six hundred Boston area teens at seventy-three non-profit sites. Six of the selected scholars will be working at the Boston Police Department in a variety of roles. All the participating scholars learn a variety of skills which will enable them to become our workforce in the future while adding significant value to our community today. Commissioner Evans thanked the sponsors of the program and applauded the teens in attendance stating, “Just by being here today, you are demonstrating your leadership and willingness to engage in our community.” Evans added, “I need everyone in this room to help make this city the best and the safest it can be.”
The speakers and mentors in attendance then had small group discussions with the young scholars as they discussed ways to continue to grow and give back to the great communities of Boston. After the event concluded, there was some time left for handshakes and photographs - even former Boston Celtic Dana Barros wanted an opportunity to say hello to the Commissioner and take a quick picture.