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