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InternsUnified Government Commissioner Brian McKiernan addressed a group of interns recently in a program coordinated by the Central Area Betterment Association. The Board of Public Utilities pays the wages of the students. (Photo by William Crum)
Every summer an internship program is offered in Wyandotte County. High school students are assigned to help out at a local charity such as the Alcott Arts Center and the Bike Shop, as well as other places.
This program was coordinated through the Central Area Betterment Association. The Board of Public Utilities pays their wages.
The overall advantage of this program is a student gets paid to work at a local charity, while building a high work ethic, which is helpful in today's job market. Students learn new skills that will benefit them in the future.
The students are required to show up on time as they agree when they sign up for the program. At this point they are assigned to a particular charity within the community.
“We are all proud of you for what you did for the community. I would encourage getting involved in the community. You are the future of our community,” said Unified Government Commissioner Brian McKiernan to the interns at a recent program.
This is second year of the program; more than 100 students participated in the program this year.