No One Wants to Hitchhike in Dress Clothes

Verified Non-Profit

Verified Non-Profit

The Description

Most of the skills that I use at work were not taught in a classroom. The bulk of learning occurs through real life experience, on the job training or trial and error. As educators, it is imperative to create authentic opportunities for our kids. One way we do this is through an internship experience.

One hundred and thirty teenagers leave our building every Wednesday and head to universities, law offices, hotels, science labs, restaurants, after school programs, architecture firms, day cares and even City Hall. They have the chance to develop real life work skills in real life work environments. They sit in on planning meetings, write memos, participate in interviews, assist with customers, devise schedules, write thousands of e-mails and make even more copies. Through these internships, doors will be opened. They will make connections for potential summer jobs, pad their work resumes and make themselves stand out among their peers in college applications.

All this will happen unless, that is, they can't get there. Our school district is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. We are struggling to find the money in our budget to transport our kids to internships set up all throughout the city. The distance from our school to downtown, where many of these apprenticeships are located is almost seven miles. With transfers and some students needing up to 6 tokens to make it round trip, our token budget starts to add up. Frankly, we don't have enough money in our budget to pay for all of our students to get to internships.

Your support is essential. Without it, our kids will miss out on genuine learning and job opportunities. Your donation could literally allow our sophomores to go places they would otherwise never go. The internships are set up. The kids are ready to work. All they need is a ride.

Thank you, 

Ms. Sorensen (Internship Coordinator)

Back Up Plan

If we do not reach our goal, the money we receive will still be used to purchase tokens for our 10th grade students to travel to and from internship.

Fundraiser Updates (1)

Internship Update

December 8, 2017

On Wednesday December 6th our 10th grade students participated in mock interviews. Every year my students complete these practice interviews to prepare for their internship interviews in January. On this day they come to school in professional dress and interview with a staff member for a marketing position at the Hershey Company. This is one of my favorite days of the year because I get to watch my student transform into young professionals for the first time. Your investment will open the doors to even more professional experiences for my students. Thank you again for believing in my students and the work we do at Mastery!

Comments (1)

Jill November 3, 2017

I miss working with these great students! Keep killin' it!

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About the Creator

Internship Coordinator at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus.

Investments (20)

$25

Monique Lindsay

2 years ago

$50

Anonymous

3 years ago

$10

Jeanne Cho

3 years ago

$50

Michael & Susan Stuart

3 years ago

$5

Jillian Fidler

3 years ago

$25

Lauren Shumeyko

3 years ago

$15

Corrine Toro

3 years ago

$50

Julianna Stuart

3 years ago

$25

Christine Shuchart

3 years ago

$25

Erin Opitz

3 years ago

$25

Rose Dickerson

3 years ago

$10

Maye-gan Brown

3 years ago

$25

marie sorensen

3 years ago

$25

Shannon L Sorensen

3 years ago

$20

Meredith Zackey

3 years ago

$25

Ben Cowan

3 years ago

$100

Alan Honig

3 years ago

$25

Patrick Lindsey

3 years ago

$5

Maye-gan Brown

3 years ago

$25

Jill Martin

3 years ago