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Summer program offers students chance to make difference


Sixteen college students returning to Bucks County for the summer will spend 10 weeks employed at nonprofit agencies across the county through Foundations Community Partnership’s 2019 Summer Youth Corps.

The program offers paid student internships at local nonprofit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth, and families. Students not only gain practical experience, they also support the vital work of nonprofit human service agencies.

This is the 12th consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program.

In collaboration with Bucks County Community College, students are able to experience “service learning,” a form of experiential education in which 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 Victoria Ratchford leads this year’s Summer Youth Corps. She is an MSW student at University of Pennsylvania.

Students in the 2019 Summer Youth Corps program have been placed in the following locations:

– Quakertown resident Anh Tran is assisting Ridge Crest. She is attending the University of Pittsburgh studying emergency medicine.

– Doylestown resident Cassidy White is interning at NOVA. She is attending James Madison University studying psychology.

– Chalfont resident Emma Boyajieff is working at The Council of Southeastern PA. She is a pre-med student at USC.

– Doylestown resident Jamie Becker is a working at The Conservatory. She is a pre-med student at Duquesne University.

– Warrington resident Julie Kerrigan is assisting Special Equestrians, She is studying biology education at Millersville University.

– Warrington resident Devon Stone is assisting the Michener Museum. She is a nursing major at University of Pittsburgh.

– Upper Black Eddy resident Megan Benner is interning at AARK. She is a nursing major at University of Pittsburgh.

– Warrington resident Shayna Cohen is working with the Mercer Museum. She is studying illustration at Ringling College of Arts and Design.

– Richboro resident Faith Turner is interning at the YMCA. She is studying public relations at Howard University.

– Jamison resident Dan Cohen is working at Gilda’s Club. He is studying business at Penn State University.

– Newtown resident Rebecca Warren is interning at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is pre-med major at William and Mary.

– Levittown resident Sylvia Salas is assisting Libertae. She is studying psychology at Chestnut Hill College.

– Perkasie resident Ben Bunch is interning at the Bucks County Housing Group. He is studying business at St. Joseph’s University.

– Furlong resident Deepti Tantry is working at the Bucks County Opportunity Council. She is studying biological science at Penn State University.

– Levittown resident Jamie Allen is assisting Snipes Farm. She is a psychology student at Holy Family University.

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 the end of May through beginning of August. Internships are subsidized by Foundations Community Partnership.