Foundations Summer Youth Corps Celebrates Eighth Year
Fifteen Local Students Intern at Bucks Non-Profits
Doylestown, PA (June, 2015) – Fifteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership’s 2015 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families. The program offers students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community working at non-profit human service agencies.
This is the eighth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program. Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County.
“Our Summer Youth Corps combines community service with academic study,” said Ron Bernstein, Executive Director of Foundations Community Partnership. “The program gives students the chance to gain college credits while participating in a meaningful work experience. Many of our Partnership in Education winners have been selected for the Summer Youth Corps so they can continue their community service work.”
Through a relationship with Bucks County Community College, students are able to experience “service learning”, a form of experiential education where students learn to solve community problems and achieve real objectives for the community while earning college credits. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service-learning is different from volunteerism in that it is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Field Supervisor Natalie Carlone of Blue Bell, PA, leads this year’s Summer Youth Corps. She is currently an MSW graduate student at Temple University.
Students in the 2015 Summer Youth Corps program have been placed in the following locations:
1. Morrisville resident Emily Meyer is working at Chandler Hall in Newtown. She is studying Biology and Behavioral Health at Penn State.
2. Ottsville resident Emily Wolcott is assisting the Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Chalfont. She is majoring in Zoology at Delaware Valley University.
3. Warminster resident Leah Sanson is working at the YWCA in Trevose. She is an English major at Bloomsburg University.
4. New Hope resident Angelina House is assisting Ridge Crest in Perkasie. She is a Nursing major at the University of Pittsburgh.
5. Quakertown resident Morgan Long is interning at The Conservatory: Music, Art, Drama, in Doylestown. She is attending Highpoint University studying Communications.
6. Yardley resident Sanjana Sundaram is interning at the Churchville Nature Center. She is studying Chemical Engineering at Cornell University.
7. Doylestown resident Erin Quinty is interning at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County in Jamison. She is a Special Education major at Penn State.
8. Churchville resident Gabriella Riccardo is a working at Cancer Support Network Greater Philadelphia in Warminster. She is studying Psychology at Bucks County Community College.
9. Newtown resident Christina Lisciotto is assisting the Family Service Association in Langhorne. She is a Speech major at Penn State.
10. Doylestown resident Jason Miller is working at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. He is a Biology major at West Chester University.
11. Richboro resident Michael Bryer is working at the Bucks County Housing Group in Ivyland. He is studying Sociology at Clark University.
12. Newtown resident Joely House is assisting Habitat for Humanity in Chalfont. She is studying Math and Economics at Emory University.
13. Washington Crossing resident Patrik Devlin is interning at the Bucks County SPCA in Lahaska. He is studying Computer Science and Economics at Connecticut College.
14. Furlong resident Joy Kim is assisting NOVA in Jamison. She is a Pre-Med student at University of Pittsburgh.
15. Yardley resident Emma Wagner is working at the Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown. She is studying Art at Gordon College.
Students who have completed their freshman through junior year at college and who are residents of Bucks County are eligible to participate in Foundations Community Partnership’s Summer Youth Corps. The 10-week service-learning program runs from June 1 through Aug. 7. Internships are subsidized by Foundations Community Partnership.
Foundations Community Partnership is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. Foundations Community Partnership provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research. To learn more about Foundations and its mission please visit their website at www.fcpartnership.org or contact them at 267-247-5584.
*Pictured Back row, left to right: Christina Lisciotto, Joy Kim, Lean Sanson, Joely House, Emma Wagner, Erin Quinty, Jason Miller, Gabriella Riccardo, Patrik Devlin, Michael Bryer Front row, left to right: Emily Meyer, Morgan Long, Emily Wolcott, Sanjana Sundaram, Angelina House