North Light teen in­terns through WorkReady pro­gram

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MANAYUNK » This sum­mer, the Philadel­phia Youth Net­work (PYN) con­tin­ues to fund the Sum­mer Ca­reer Ex­plo­ration Pro­gram at North Light Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Manayunk as a part of the city­wide WorkReady sum­mer jobs.

Af­ter stu­dents at­tended a ses­sion at Vil­lanova Uni­ver­sity, they spend the day tour­ing and in­ter­act­ing with staff and stu­dents at the col­lege. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a vir­tual job fair at Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Philadel­phia and ex­plored job an­nounce­ments of part­nered busi­nesses/in­dus­tries from across the city.

Al­though child­care was not her first choice of in­dus­tries, Taylor Collins has found suc­cess in an in­tern­ship with Four Sea­sons Child­care & Preschool in Manayunk.

Collins has a large fam­ily with younger sib­lings, and she said this sum­mer ex­pe­ri­ence taught her how to han­dle chil­dren safely.

Collins is a ris­ing high school ju­nior at­tend­ing Mastery Si­mon Gratz in the Hunt­ing Park sec­tion of Philadel­phia. Be­fore work­ing with North Light Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Collins trav­eled two hours to and from Sesame Place to earn money for her col­lege ed­u­ca­tion. She aspires to be­come a pe­di­atric sur­geon.

Her at­ti­tude to be able to help oth­ers shines at her in­tern­ship, ac­cord­ing to Ber­netta Wil­liams, her WorkReady spe­cial­ist. Collins has demon­strated lead­er­ship, in­ter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and crit­i­cal think­ing skills, she said.

“Taylor is an out­stand­ing worker, said Lau­ren Trim­bur, di­rec­tor of the Four Sea­son Child­care & Preschool and Collins’s su­per­vi­sor. “We can’t get enough of Taylor. We want her to come back to work with us.”

One of the goals of the sum­mer pro­gram is to help stu­dents ex­plore their pos­si­ble fu­ture ca­reers and so­lid­ify their in­ter­ests while also un­der­go­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ing such as work­place etiquette and in­ter­view train­ing. Collins is one of 38 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s pro­gram.

“Be­ing in WorkReady has en­abled me to re­ceive the sup­port needed to ac­com­plish­ment my fu­ture goal to at­tend Har­vard Uni­ver­sity,” Collins said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — NORTH LIGHT COM­MU­NITY CEN­TER

Taylor Collins in­terns at Four Sea­sons Day­care through the Philadel­phia Youth Net­work WorkReady Sum­mer Pro­gram.

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