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Youth Careerconnect Program Transforms 143 Youth In Summer 2016


(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (center) with Jasmine Livingston (left-center), Kayla Thompson (right center), their families, Youth CareerConnect team members and CTV)Largo, MD, August 18, 2016- Summer 2016 has proven to be transformational for participants in the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) Youth CareerConnect Program (YCC). High School students from around the County had the opportunity to land exclusive internships with some of the nation's top businesses and academic institutes. Three students in particular, Jasmine Livingston and Jamerson Garcia from Bladensburg High School and Kayla Thompson from Fairmont Heights High School, experienced summers that changed their life's paths forever.
"The EDC is honored to be a part of transforming the lives of our youth," said Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO. "Programs like Youth CareerConnect are the gateways to success and we are excited that geniuses here in Prince George's County are getting exposed to career paths that will save lives and change the world. I am truly proud of all of the summer interns employed in the County!"
The YCC partnered with several businesses and academic institutes to provide world-class internships for Prince George's County youth. Included in the partners are the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), and CVS Health. The students who participated in the internship programs were exposed to new career opportunities that they are now interested in pursuing.
"I was exposed to a new career field while interning at the NIH," said Jasmine Livingstone, a rising senior at Bladensburg High School. "I never knew that genetic counseling existed and now I can consider a career path in which I get to help people suffering from genetic disorders."
Not only were the students exposed to new fields, but they also gained valuable experience in a professional environment.
"Everyone at SSAI was really nice and helpful to me," said Kayla Thompson from Fairmont Heights High School. "I learned how the business world works and even gained skills in operating Microsoft Sharepoint and Nintex to improve workflow in the workplace. I can use these new skills throughout my career!"
Some students even got the opportunity to have lunch with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to celebrate their accomplishments. Jamerson Garcia from Bladensburg High School interned with CVS Health as a Crew Member and was able to attend the prestigious Youth@Work Luncheon where he got to discuss his future plans with the County Executive.
In total, the Youth CareerConnect program placed 143 Prince George's County Youth in internships during the summer of 2016 in the Information Technology, Government and Health Sciences sectors. The students, representing Potomac High School, Bladensburg High School and Fairmont Heights High School spent their summers with employers like Congress Woman Donna F. Edwards and at companies such as CVS, PEPCO, SGT, NIH, SSAI, Doctor's Community Hospital, and Dimensions Health Care System. Some of the student's research solutions are even being implemented by their summer employers. Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director and her team worked to ensure that each student had an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.
"We are extremely proud of our YCC interns," said Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director. "We are excited to be an active participant in their growth as a result giving them an opportunity to learn from our many wonderful career partners."
The EDC is the manager of the $7 million grant the County received for the Youth CareerConnect program in 2014. The program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school.
Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.