This summer’s MLK Summer Scholars theme is service. Throughout the summer, scholars will share photos of themselves pledging or performing acts for their community.
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Boston Marathon Digital Time Capsule

Everyone has a Boston Marathon memory. Whether you’re a runner, a volunteer, or a fan you can preserve yours by uploading a photo, video or story to our digital time capsule. For each submission John Hancock will donate $1 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, up to $26,200. #WeRunTogether
Leave your Legacy

The 2015 Boston Marathon theme, There’s Only One Boston, celebrates the unique spirit of the race and the city. Every year, thousands of journeys that began around the world come together on streets paved in history and tradition to create memories that last forever.

GWA Gives Thanks

The holiday season brings together the most important things in life, and allows us to appreciate the people that make our experiences. Throughout the month of November the John Hancock Global Women’s Alliance has been encouraging their colleagues to reflect on the year that has passed and give thanks for those moments, big and small, that make a difference with their #GiveThanks campaign.

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John Hancock goes the extra MiLE for Military Employees

From Gillette Stadium to the National Mall, meaningful gestures honoring our country’s veterans have headlined the news over the past week. A little closer to home, John Hancock is excited to announce the launch of the new Military Employee Community (MiLE), an employee community for current service members, veterans, and their families.  The MiLE Community aims to build a strong network amongst the company’s veterans and military families to offer guidance, support, and mentorship. The employee resource group is open to all those who served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserves, National Guard, or provide critical support to a family member or friend. The community will be a platform for sharing similar experiences and subsequently providing insights into career transitions, deployments, community outreach, career mentorship, and a multitude of other related issues. But it’s not all about networking! The community hopes to increase awareness within the company of the unique experience veterans have and how that translates into a fresh perspective on leadership style, discipline, and teamwork. The MiLE community was born of a few veterans coming together to share their stories. Having found comfort this support system, the original members are looking forward to growing the network and providing a touchpoint for new and existing employees in all parts of the organization. Kayla Biagioni-Smith with her husband, who is presently with the National Guard Nick Hamm, IT Project Manager and former Naval Officer James Coker, former Army Officer and Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, is now Head of Strategic Planning & Training Initiative for John Hancock Brian O’Donnell, Financial Analyst and former Naval Flight Officer... read more

MLK Summer Scholars: It’s Talent Show Time!

As is tradition, this past week’s final Mayor Menino Leadership Forum gave Scholars an opportunity to showcase their creative sides at the annual talent show! Before the singing and dancing kicked off, Abrigal Forrester, Director of Community Action for Madison Park Development, gave the Scholars some parting words of wisdom. Through the telling of his own personal journey from honor roll to prison, Forrester imparted in the audience the importance of remaining committed to the trajectory this summer has set them on. He encouraged Scholars to find activities and people that will enable them to continue to invest in themselves, and to always remember that one’s life direction can change in an instant. On a rainy Friday in the Agganis Arena, Forrester’s catchphrase, ‘I am sunshine!’ lit the way for more than a few young people as their summer journey came to an end. Then it was talent show time! In keeping with this summer’s theme, the Scholars did not pass up the chance to have their voices heard. More than fifteen individuals and groups signed up to sing, dance and recite poetry as part of a robust display of passion and personal expression. From Ed Sheeran’s popular “Thinking Out Loud”, to an original poem about gender roles in society, the teen performers did not disappoint. Those who chose not to perform certainly weren’t quiet either, showing support for their peers in the form of cheers, slow claps, and even the wave! Each year, the talent show that culminates the MLK Summer Scholars program serves as physical proof of the profound growth each of the teens has experienced over... read more

MLK Summer Scholars: Fight it Forward

The curriculum at last Friday’s Mayor Menino Leadership Forum centered on Scholars seeing themselves as agents of change. Generation Citizen, a non-profit dedicated to getting young people civically engaged, was onsite running voter registration for Scholars eighteen and older. The session’s guest speaker was George Foreman III, professional boxer and author of The Fighting Spirit. As a successful entrepreneur and owner of Boston-based gym, The Club by George Foreman, Foreman outlined his ‘Fight Laws’ for Scholars. He emphasized the importance sacrifice, grit, and trust when fighting for what’s important- in and out of the gym. The boxer shared some personal anecdotes and encouraged the teens to get a “corner”, or a mentor, that can support them as they fight for their dreams. In line with this summer’s theme of Service, Foreman closed his talk by asking Scholars to share a small act of kindness they had performed in exchange for some fighter’s swag. Following the speaking portion of the morning, Generation Citizen led a workshop which prompted Scholars in debate around some hot button civil action issues affecting our country today: transgender rights, special education funding, and college affordability. As always, Scholars were eager to share their opinions and a lively conversation ensued in the auditorium after some small group discussion. The #MLKSelflessSelfie station was yet again a bit hit amongst the Scholars, and one lucky winner received their very own selfie stick! Next up? The ever popular MLK Summer Scholars Talent Show! Want to go the extra mile? Share an accomplishment that you feel you truly fought for in the... read more

MLK Summer Scholars: A Journey of Purpose

Now in its eighth year, John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program annually provides more than 600 Boston teens with meaningful work experience at non-profit organizations throughout the city. In addition, all scholars attend Mayor Menino Leadership Forums, a series of Friday workshops which further the legacy of their namesake by connecting youth with opportunity. On Friday, July 24th, this summer’s second forum took place. This week, the curriculum was designed by Boston Debate League and featured an empowering talk from Councilor At-Large, Ayanna Pressley, who was first elected to the Boston City Council on in 2009, becoming the first woman of color ever elected to the Council. An inspiring opening act, Pressley started the morning off with a challenge for scholars, “to make this civic journey one of purpose, and not of position.” Despite her prominent post in City government, the Councilwoman emphasized that intention and motivation are at the heart of change, not a title on an office door. Citing great movements, such as Civil Rights and Women’s Suffrage, Pressley reminded youth that big change can, and does, come from young people. She encouraged every scholar to be a visionary; to move forward with their eyes wide open and act with dedication, patience, and a willingness to sacrifice. The impact Pressley’s words had on the scholars was evident in the number of hands raised and the quality of the questions asked at the conclusion of her talk. Moving into the workshop segment of the forum, two scholars from Boston Debate League educated their peers on the art of debate and the concept of “disagreeing well.” Table work took the... read more

MLK Summer Scholars: Find Your Voice, Change the World

Working in close partnership with the Boston Globe, Boston University, Partners HealthCare and the City of Boston, John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program annually provides 600 Boston teens with meaningful work experience at non-profit organizations throughout the city. Guided by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiring example, the summer-long experience helps teens find their voice and use it to positively impact those around them.  As a supplement to employment, all scholars attend Mayor Menino Leadership Forums, a series of Friday workshops which further the legacy of their namesake by connecting youth with opportunity. This summer’s program theme evolved from a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”  The forum curriculum is designed to get scholars thinking about this question, while exposing them to current business and civic leaders who challenge them to create lasting change. Outside of the forums, scholars will complete online modules, powered by Everfi, which emphasize the influence one person’s words and actions can have on the world around them. The first forum on Friday, July 10th, kicked off the theme with a talk from Paul Burton, director of the Ron Burton Training Village, who encouraged students to “dream big, act now!” Burton’s powerful words gained momentum with table exercises which prompted scholars to share their own experiences creating change in their communities. Responses ranged from starting a dialogue with city council members to improving variety in school lunch programs. Pretty impressive for week #1! In addition to hearing and speaking about the importance of service, scholars will have the opportunity to... read more