Youth Leadership Academy Prepares for Internships

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News Date: 
July 12, 2017
4th Yla Group Picture

On Friday, June 30th, youth from the City of Salinas came together on the final day of programming to celebrate and learn the location of their two week internship placements this summer.  The 4th Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a five week program, designed to prepare youth to enter the workforce by teaching resume building, interviewing skills, cover letter writing and conflict resolution skills.

Program participants then put their skills to use interviewing with a variety of Community Alliance for Safety and Peace partner agency's for a prized internship placement for a total of 40 community hours as part of the curriculum. This years program coordinators were Fernanda E. Ocaña from the Community Safety Division and Vivian Salinas from Recreation and Community Services Department. Program participants are scheduled to start their internships from July 6th to July 19th at; Monterey County Department of Social Services, Recreation and Community Services Department, Partners for Peace, Sun Street Centers, Radio Bilingue, L.I.F.E. is for Everyone, Inc. and Building Healthy Communities facilities.

Participants were then surprised with a $250 stipend which was sponsored by the Recreation and Community Services Department. Overall, the young people were touched by the City’s investment in them and some shared their plans to spend their money on school clothes and/or shoes. For more information on the Youth Academy Program contact Fernanda E. Ocaña at