Published by JPS News- September 5, 2014. Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer of 2014. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this internship program partnered with the Career Development Center in JPS to recruit students in career preparation programs. Thirty JPS students–23 boys and seven girls representing Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah and Provine high schools–were exposed to a combination of academic and employability preparation services and placed in paid internships that were aligned to the students’ interests.
The program also provided informative and engaging experiences that helped develop participants’ skills in the areas of collaboration, communications, problem-solving and leadership. Under the guidance of the internship site mentors, students learned and observed problem-solving and leadership skills in action while they explored their career options at the internship sites. The PPSJ internship program guided the students in the development of personal opportunity plans to chart a path for future success.
“The Kellogg Foundation believes that there are the often inequitable outcomes for young children and for males of color,” said William Buster, Director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs. “By connecting employers willing to invest in skills-building and training with those seeking quality jobs for young men through the recently expanded summer jobs program, WKKF is creating an environment that supports racial equity and racial healing and that helps to build the next generation of leaders vital to the future success of Mississippi.”
Companies were identified based on the students’ career interests. Internship sites included the following companies:
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