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Mayor Walsh presses businesses to offer summer jobs to teens

Job-seeking twin sisters Deja and Dominique Singletary, 15, were at the Interfaith Youth Jobs Coalition.
Job-seeking twin sisters Deja and Dominique Singletary, 15, were at the Interfaith Youth Jobs Coalition.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he is pressing Boston employers at every turn to hire more of the city’s teenagers as he aims to significantly increase the number of young people who can find jobs this summer.

By the time school ends, Walsh said in a recent interview, he hopes to have enough commitments from Boston businesses to put more than 10,000 teenagers to work, beating the record of his predecessor, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who made the city’s summer jobs program one of the most successful in the nation. Walsh’s targets: major employers who don’t provide summer jobs for teens.

“If we can get to 12,000 kids working for the summertime, both public and private, that’s a big number,” Walsh said.

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