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Barbara Jordan helps youth gain intern experience

caines | 7/4/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Twenty-three students living or attending school in District 1 of Miami-Dade County got their marching orders from Commissioner Barbara Jordan during the Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII) orientation session. The high school and college students went through a rigorous interview process to participate in the eight to 12-week paid internship program. This is my opportunity to help mold and nurture the careers of our young people, she said. This program gives students the tools needed to thrive and survive in the workplace. Now in its eighth year, SYII forms strategic partners with key businesses in District 1. Students learn business etiquette, workforce operations and skills that will enhance their careers. During the recent orientation, students participated in a resume boot camp conducted by Kennedy Achille, CEO of Convention Associates. Mofonobong Essiet, Miss Black USA 2012 gave a lecture entitled, Taking Stock in Your Future. The students also took part in a financial literacy workshop and an icebreaker designed to build trust and communication.