(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The 27 recruits that started Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's annual Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII) eight weeks ago celebrated the program's completion on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Don Shula Hotel in Miami Lakes during a special luncheon. The luncheon included Commissioner Jordan, the student interns, and the business partners involved in the program.
The SYII Program advocates a strong commitment to the professional development of students from District 1. This summer, Commissioner Jordan provided high school and college students with the opportunity to work and build partnerships with some of the district's most prominent business leaders for an eight-week period. SYII business partners included Lawrence Wright and Partners, Warren Henry Automobiles, Ave, AA Acquisitions, LLC, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Orange Bowl Committee, Calder Race Course, Larry Willis Insurance Agency, Dwight Stephenson Construction, EAC Consulting, North Dade Federal Credit Union, Experience Aviation, Florida Marlins, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami Dolphins, El Dorado Furniture, GJB Consulting, Lehman Toyota/Scion/Mazda, and Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's office.
The SYII is a holistic summer employment program. Following a constructive interview process, students are required to participate in a two-day orientation to learn business etiquette, financial literacy, resume writing, as well as tips for improving interviewing skills. As an additional requirement, students participate in community service and team building projects, where they learn the importance of civic involvement and team work.
"I'm proud of each of my interns for successfully completing this year's program, and am pleased to announce that two of my interns were offered permanent positions with participating businesses," said Commissioner Jordan.
For more information on SYII, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-474-3011.
Photo caption: Commissioner Jordan (center) with the interns and employees of D. Stephenson Construction, one of the SYII 2011 business partners.