Youth Leadership Academy prepares youth for Internships!

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News Date: 
May 7, 2019

On April 24th, the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) hosted their annual internship interviews. Program participants were interviewed by fifteen local agencies for placement over the summer. Through their internship placements, participants will gain work experience while having the opportunity to learn about career options not often explored in our community. All YLA participants will give back to their community while getting the opportunity to have an adult role model work with them for 40 plus hours, which will also count towards their graduation requirements.  

Program participants are scheduled to start their internships from June 3rd to June 15th at: Partners for Peace, Rancho Cielo, United Way, Girl Scouts, The Epicenter, Sun Street Centers, Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL), Main Street Art Studio, City of Salinas’ Libraries, the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), Hartnell College TRIO program, Future Citizens Foundation (First Tee), Monterey County Department of Social Services, Monterey County Office of Education, Recreation and Community Services Division, and Building Healthy Communities facilities. We thank all of our partners for their commitment to these youth!

YLA is a 16-workshop program designed to prepare youth to enter the workforce by teaching resume building skills, interviewing skills, cover letter writing and conflict resolution. Twenty-three youth, from areas throughout Salinas, had the opportunity to work for several weeks with the City of Salinas Recreation and Community Services staff on their communications skills, team building skills and professionalism to better prepare for their internship interviews and placements. We are happy to report that this program is now in its sixth year!

For more information about the Youth Leadership Academy program, please contact Fernanda E. Ocaña at [email protected] or call (831) 758-7269.