Through the program, businesses, government agencies and nonprofits provide one-of-a-kind career experiences for motivated youth.
We’re happy to report that University City Partners has benefited, as well.
Meet our interns: Shima Elbashir, Michyla Greene and Sean Tisdale.
Our intern Shima Elbashir has come far in few short years. At 14, she moved to America and Charlotte.
It was “strange, hard and painful at first,” Shima wrote recently about her first few months in Charlotte as a freshman at Hopewell High School. For starters, the language barrier alone made it hard to feel confident.
Most adults would marvel at Shima’s accomplishments since then. She began making friends and spent her first two years in high school working hard to improve her writing, reading and spoken language skills. Her self-worth grew, too, she says.
As a junior at Hopewell, Shima made the A Honor Roll. As a senior, she was selected as president of the Technical National Honor Society and a member of the Ambassadors Council of the National Society of High School Scholars.
This summer Shima is helping us at University City Partners before heading to Virginia Commonwealth University as a pre-med freshman – another step on her ultimate goal of becoming a Third World doctor helping others in need.
Michyla is a recent graduate of Mallard Creek High School and will be attending Duke University in the fall. She plans to major in Global Health with a concentration in chronic disease prevention and tobacco usage.
Michyla believes that school food culture change is necessary because today’s students face the challenges of the ongoing obesity epidemic. Through her high school career, Michyla has advocated for an improved school food culture and healthier lifestyles among Mecklenburg County’s adolescent population with the help of the Health Department.
Michyla also has a deep passion for the arts. She has been a distinguished violinist for eight years and served as concertmaster of her high school’s orchestra for three of them. She also has participated on a competitive dance team for more than a decade. She credits dance’s demanding work and practice for teaching her discipline.
Sean is a rising senior at Harding University High School. “My job with University City Partners is to do technology related things,” he says.
He is using the summer to learn more about what he can do with his growing technology skills. “Next year, I am going to go to college for game design or computer science. I want to help make games for companies and increase their popularity,” Sean says.
Learn how your business or nonprofit can host youth interns
With help from many companies and nonprofits, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) trains and develops the future workforce for the City of Charlotte. Interns provide multiple benefits to businesses, such as increased productivity by having interns engaged in meaningful tasks and project work. Our teens benefit greatly from having real-world experience in possible future careers.
This is the perfect time to learn how you might sponsor youth interns in 2018. Get the details at the program website.