Recent Menlo-Atherton High School graduate, Sydney Young, is interning this summer at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that works with middle-school children in low-income communities by expanding their education day. The internship is funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
InMenlo: How did you hear about the program?
Sydney: “I was really lucky. I heard about it through a youth group leader at my church who sent me the application. I wanted to tell Ms. Kleeman [M-A college counselor Alice Kleeman] about it because it’s a really awesome opportunity that not many people know about.”
InMenlo: What is your internship about?
Sydney: Citizens School’s headquarters is in Boston, but they are in eight regions across the country. I’m working in the state office for California and really love their innovative program for education. They have a twofold approach: Staff on campus provide classroom support and after school volunteers inspire the kids and show them the connection between the classroom and real life.
At the end of the internship, I’m attending a weeklong Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, with over interns from around the country. This program is really unbelievable because you get paid to work at a nonprofit, and the Foundations pays for your trip to DC.
InMenlo: What do you do for the program?
Sydney: I do a little bit of everything. I am supporting every department to get a sense of how a nonprofit operates. For the first part of the summer, I mainly focused on working with the internal and external operations. I’m starting to helping with “intake calls” for volunteer interest and will help brainstorm with people on how to recruit and use social media more effectively. I’m alsosupporting the training activity for the new recruits.
InMenlo: What’s been your favorite part of working with the program?”
Sydney: I love being part of the team. Citizen Schools has a really welcoming workplace culture. I’ve been given opportunities to shadow theexecutive director and go to Stanford conferences and tag-a-long to different things. It has just been great to be a part of the team.
Photo of Sydney courtesy of Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Citizens School uses a bullhorn to gather the students.
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