WorkReady sum­mer pro­gram wraps up

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - A press re­lease from North Light Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

MANAYUNK » Maleah Les­lie, a ris­ing high school ju­nior at Eastern Acad­emy Char­ter School and a re­turn­ing par­tic­i­pant of the Philadel­phia Youth Net­work’s sum­mer jobs pro­gram on be­half of WorkReady hosted at North Light Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, has demon­strated per­se­ver­ance this sum­mer.

After be­ing placed as an in­tern at Learn­ing World Child Acad­emy in Ger­man­town, Les­lie said she felt slight ap­pre­hen­sion, hav­ing never worked with in­fants and tod­dlers be­fore, but since then, she has ex­celled by grasp­ing her own sense of lead­er­ship skills and tak­ing ini­tia­tive, ac­cord­ing to her su­per­vi­sor.

“Maleah has been a great as­set to our team this sum­mer,” said Dekota Dandy, Les­lie’s su­per­vi­sor. “She learns quickly and is at­ten­tive to the chil­dren’s needs. Par­ents even re­quest and

praise Maleah’s pres­ence. Our staff is re­ally lucky to have her.”

Les­lie, who is 16, also took her first col­lege-level sum­mer course at Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Philadel­phia while par­tic­i­pat­ing in her sum­mer job.

“Tak­ing cour­ses at CCP gave me an ex­am­ple of what the de­mands of fu­ture col­lege life will be like be­cause I got to in­ter­act with pro­fes­sors and com­plete higher level as­sign­ments,” she said.

While jug­gling to man­age this sum­mer’s task of both school and work, Leaslie ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by WorkReady, which en­abled her to ex­plore a new ca­reer op­tion that she had never con­sid­ered be­fore. She also ex­pressed she is grate­ful for the built-in pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment cur­ricu­lum that WorkReady of­fers to youth be­cause she now knows the value of ef­fec­tive work­place com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and fi­nance man­age­ment for when she en­ters the job mar­ket.

As the sum­mer comes to an end, Les­lie said she has de­vel­oped bonds with each and ev­ery child at Learn­ing World Child Acad­emy and is now open to pur­su­ing and con­sid­er­ing other ca­reers in the child care sec­tor.


Maleah Les­lie works at Learn­ing World Child Acad­emy dur­ing her in­tern­ship there through the Philadel­phia Youth Net­work’s WorkReady Sum­mer Pro­gram.

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