Indium Corporation and the Macartney Family Foundation have provided funding for 10 recent graduates of the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program (YSLPP) to intern at various businesses and organizations in the area.
The organizations and businesses hosting interns include Meyda Lighting, A&P Master Images, Refugee Center, Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA), City Hall – Mayor’s Office, YWCA, The Stanley, Utica Roasting, Sculpture Space and the Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI).
Ben Atwood, assistant director of YSLPP, said the support this initiative has received from area businesses is incredible.
“Our students are in the field, putting their skills to use in competitive work environments, learning the skills employers find valuable, and they are growing every day. This experience will give them an edge in the college of their choosing and will add to their resumes,” said Atwood.
“What a great program this is for Utica’s youth to observe and experience the workforce,” said Michael Gugila, interim human resources director at the YWCA. “Our youth is on the rise – our intern has enthusiasm and professionalism. It’s great for them to see all that we do as well.”
Students echo the enthusiasm and gratitude for this program.
Louis Ly, interning at the Utica mayor’s office said, “It’s been great to learn more about government. I was able to write a proclamation for a town park being renamed. I love helping people work through their problems and I am able to do this here.”
Pamela Matt, executive director of YSLPP, offered her thanks to Indium Corporation and the Maccartney Family Foundation for their support of the internships and looks forward to many more years of success together. Matt said six of the interns will continue to “Grow Big Dreams” as they begin classes at UC this fall.
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) is a multi-year collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District, is designed to motivate diverse and talented students to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and graduate college and career-ready.
For more information about Young Scholars, visit http://www.utica.edu/academic/yslpp/
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.