2019 Mayor's Youth Program offers summer internships for 22 high school students

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 6/5/2019 12:00:00 PM

It’s officially summer, and for many of our high school students that means securing a summer job.


Starting this week, 22 Peoria Public Schools high school students will begin a summer program that will expose them to new career pathways and employers in Peoria, allow them to develop relationships with their peers across the city, and provide civic improvements throughout the community – all while receiving a paycheck.


The 2019 Mayor’s Youth Program began with a press conference and opening event on Monday, gathering together high school students from Richwoods, Manual and Peoria High to kick off their eight-week summer internship program with the City of Peoria. Mayor Jim Ardis introduced himself to the group of students and gave them a preview of how their summer would unfold over the next two months.


Students will work six hour shifts from Monday through Friday. Four of those work days will be devoted toward the beautification of different parts of the City, where the students will work together in teams completing a number of projects.


The fifth day of each week will give the students a chance to explore different career opportunities through tours of different Peoria employers and educational sessions with representatives from Peoria businesses. Those tours will include visiting Caterpillar, the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at OSF, Bradley University and many more.


This program represents a tremendous opportunity for students to experience learning outside of the traditional classroom setting and to receive a first-hand look at careers. The program aligns with Peoria Public Schools’ efforts to ensure that all students are able to pursue their passions and interests.


The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education will hear from these students and their experiences at a future board meeting once the internship is complete. We can’t wait to find out more about the remarkable things they will accomplish this summer!