July 31, 2020
Living Classrooms has been working in partnership with Bloomberg’s Youth Internship Program and Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program over the past year to provide job skills development to Baltimore City youth. This summer, we have expanded the program to Washington, DC to offer an opportunity for District youth and young adults to have real-world job experiences in local businesses while learning important basic job readiness skills. The program is now serving 42 youth and young adults across the two cities this summer.
The interns began their employment on July 13th after an initial orientation with Living Classrooms’ Workforce Development staff. They are working in a variety of fields across several local small businesses including Children’s Choice Pediatrics, Aerothreads, and IT Nova where job responsibilities include things like research and management of social media – much of which is being conducted virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. Over the course of their five weeks of employment, interns will join virtual job training sessions with Living Classrooms’ Workforce Development staff and each will be paired with a YouthWorks Fellow who will act as a Case Manager during their employment, and assist them with transitioning from the summer program back into school or into a career path.
Taniha, pictured left, is a student of Living Classrooms’ year-round Robotics program. Through her internship at Aerothreads this summer, she is learning about Multi-Layer Insulation for space blankets and building upon her skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) that she learned from Living Classrooms’ volunteer mentors when engineering a robot for the industry renowned FIRST Robotics Competition.