Alicia Sasser Modestino Featured in The William T. Grant Foundation News: Reflections from the Reducing Inequality Convening: Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic
by Jenny Irons, William T. Grant Foundation News
Midori Morikawa, Office of Economic Development in the Boston Mayor’s Office, and Alicia Modestino, Northeastern University, shared how they built upon an established partnership to respond to an immediate crisis: the potential cancellation of the city’s summer youth employment program due to the pandemic. Modestino’s prior research shows that the program had improved outcomes for Black and Latinx youth participants. This motivated Morikawa and her team to find a way to sustain it. Working together, Modestino and Morikawa drew on research to develop a plan that would meet the moment. The mayor ultimately not only agreed to continue the program, but to expand it.