The League’s summer Intern, Onya Solomon, worked with Co-COO of Voter Service, Peter Larr. He received this award from Alex Payan and Dave Thomas, the Manager of Rye Town Internship Program.
The Model American Community Internship program was created in 2012 in response to community comments to provide more employment and work experience for the youth in our community. Under the umbrella of the “Model American Community” program, Town Supervisor Joseph Carvin wanted to create a program that would employ Town youth, provide real life work experience and assist non-profit organizations within the town.
- The internship program is limited to Town of Rye High School students who have working papers.
- The program will match High School students with community organizations and houses of worship in the Town for a 6-week internship from July to August.
- Students will become familiar with local organizations that benefit our community.
- During the first week the students will participate in a job-readiness workshop conducted by the Town. The workshop will include classes on job search skills, resume writing and interviewing.
- Students receive Microsoft Office training at the Family Services of Westchester Tech Center.
- The internship will also feature international mentors from Manhattanville College.
- Students complete weekly progress reports with their mentors
- Possible Internship projects include research on the African American Cemetery, Document Scanning and Storage for the Town of Rye and general research.
This program will provide our youth with the appropriate business programs that expose the students to the day-to-day workings of organizations and businesses. This type of experience should and needs to be expanded and continued with the support of the community at large.
“It probably was one of the best experiences that has been initiated by the Town because of the ethnic diversity that it provided within the program in terms of the youth themselves” – John Reavis – Former NAACP President