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Meet Our Interns: Mayor’s Youth Employment Program

July 11, 2019  |  Comments Off on Meet Our Interns: Mayor’s Youth Employment Program

Alexander Youth Network participates in the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program.

This summer, Alexander Youth Network, is hosting three interns from the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP). Alexander is excited to be a part of the program, for the first, time and be a part of the 33 year legacy of MYEP. Through the six-week internship, high school students develop future goals, enhance social and professional skills. The students will also gain exposure to different career fields.

Alexander Youth Network decided to participate in the program after our Chief Executive Officer, N. Craig Bass, had the opportunity to connect with the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program community. He was eager to get involved in the program and give members of our team a chance to mentor high school students. Tiffany Haskins, Human Resource Generalist is managing the program at Alexander. In her role, she planned the placement of the interns to be matched throughout the agency and to work together on various project to learn more about the interdisciplinary nature of Alexander.

The three interns at Alexander are working in Human Resource, the Alexander Children’s Foundation and the Marketing Communications department. Alexander Youth Network’s goal is to expose students to the experience of working at a non-profit and learning more about the field of mental and behavioral health.

Meet our MYEP Interns

Claire Folk – Human Resource DepartmentClaire Folk

Claire Folk is a 2019 graduate of Myers Park high school. She likes children and wants to pursue a career in human resources or counseling. Her career interests stem from family exposure, her parents have careers in these fields. She will be attending CPCC in the fall in pursuit of her career interests. Claire is excited to learn more about the administrative and hiring process of applying to a job and hopes that it will help her in finding a position later on.

“Internships are important to me because it helps me build up my resume and learn discipline.”


Assata MuhammedAssata Muhammad – Alexander Children’s Foundation

Assata Muhammad is a rising senior at Hawthorne Science Academy. She is part of the National Honors Society and is a sewing instructor. She also takes classes at CPCC in a dual enrollment program. Her career interest is a child psychologist because she likes children. She has been introduced to this field by her dad who is a therapist with a psychology degree and her step-mom, who works at Atrium Health with familial matters.

“My goals for this summer are to get enough experience that will help me with a psychology degree. I also want to get started on college applications. Participating in this internship is important to me because I will gain working experience and it will help me pay for those applications.”

Litzy Sanchez-Villegas – Marketing Communication Department Litzy Sanchez-Villegas

Litzy Sanchez-Villegas is a rising senior at Cochrane Collegiate Academy and will be taking classes at CPCC in dual enrollment. She participates in the National Honors Society, college ambassadors, poetry club, and book club. This is her second year participating in MYEP. In the previous summer she worked at the Department of Social Services. She wants to be a Speech-Language Pathologist because she has always wanted to help people and wants to make a positive impact in many different lives.

Litzy hopes to open her own private practice in the future. She hopes to gain work environment preparation, networking skills, and computer skills to give her insight on maintaining and advertising her practice.

“Different internships expose me to different things that can all contribute to my personal professional growth and expand my network.”

Alexander Youth Network is pleased to partner with MYEP and to offer this opportunity to high school students to gain professional experience. MYEP interns at Alexander are using the experience to engage with staff to learn more about children’s behavioral health and are excited to learn new skills.

“I would definitely like to continue with this program because it is a great opportunity for students and our agency.” – Tiffany Haskins, speaks to Alexander’s future engagement with MYEP.

Written by Mayor’s Youth Employment Program intern, Litzy Sanchez-Villegas.


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