(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The interns of Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII) are not only learning valuable job skills - they're giving back to the community. As part of the interns' eight-week internship program, they accompanied Commissioner Jordan on Saturday, July 16, 2011 to Jackson Memorial Hospital and distributed toys to pediatric patients of the Transplant and Hematology/Oncology Units.
The event was part of the Adopt-a-Floor Program in which participants interact with the patients of an assigned floor. Commissioner Jordan's interns have adopted the 6th floor and interacted with the patients during their stay at Holtz Children's Hospital, which is part of the Jackson Health System.
The commissioner's SYII Program invites students from the ages 16-21 to get a taste of the working world through paid internships with various businesses in District 1. Already in its sixth year, 27 students were selected this summer to learn business etiquette, financial literacy, resume writing, as well as tips for improving interviewing skills. As part of the program, the interns also have a community-building exercise that they must fulfill.
"Learning job skills is important, but the SYII Program goes beyond that. I really want my interns to understand the value of helping others in their community, which is why the service component is such a vital part of the internship," said Commissioner Jordan.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-474-3011.
Photo caption: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and her interns during their community service project at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)
Photo caption: Commissioner Jordan (far left) and a few of her SYII interns speak with patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
(Photo credit: Office of Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan)