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Teen Intern Reporting on UYA

***Hello Bloggers!!!!! My name is Ciana Gaines. This summer I’ve chosen to intern at The Carnegie Library – Homewood Branch.  This opportunity was presented by an non-profit organization called Urban Youth Action (UYA) located in downtown Pittsburgh, who pays me to work at the library! Urban Youth Action is a organization for teens, ages 15-18, that helps you to be work ready, and ready for the world after you graduate from High School, which I have done.   It is a fun and helpful way of learning and an opportunity to make new friends.  Many different kinds of teenagers, from all types of schools,  participate in activities that we are fortunate to get for free. Also, since downtown isn’t as close to many of people’s homes, they give you bus tickets to get there and back whenever you decide to come in. All of this is only if you sign up and are a part of the program.

Along with the educational outlook there are also optional field trips and community service projects for you to participate in. The best thing of all is that there are presenters and/or speakers that come in twice a week (depending on what age range group you are in).  They talk about what their career is and give you a little more information on what they do and how they became a part of it.  Another thing that happens once a week is an academic enrichment class. This class is only a hour long before the presenters and/or speaker arrives. The teachers of the academic enrichment classes are college freshmen, juniors, or seniors. They taught me certain college math skills and helped me review what I already knew from High School. Another thing that they did was gave us summaries of college reading passages. The most important thing about the classes is that every time you go you get five dollars and after a month or two that could add up to be enough to get whatever you had your eye on at the store.  Overall sometimes the class was boring sometimes it was fun, the best thing about it is that I actually learned things that I would need in and out of school.

I never really realized how much I learned from participating in this program until now. In my opinion, Urban Youth Action has something different to offer every person that takes part in the opportunity and if you take the time to sign up you will soon see it was well worth it.

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