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Our goal was huge but straightforward. Turn 148 teenagers into the most impressive job candidates that employers had ever seen. We jumped into action. Step one: each teen must write  a resume. All 148 teens in the Summer Youth Employment Program met up at the Forsyth Tech, Mazie Woodruff Center. Our amazing staff got to work. They gave a quick overview on how to use the computer lab and explained how to create a basic resume. Joy Nelson-Thomas led the charge. She explained, “a resume is a one page description of your accomplishments.” Kismet Loftin-Bell, her Co-Director followed up, “that’s right, this...

Kendra Callwood, Kismet Loftin-Bell, Joy Nelson-Thomas and Ashley Green This year, the Summer Youth Employment Program is off to an amazing start! In large part, it is due to our team. You have to meet them. First up is Kendra Callwood. Kendra is an Americorp Vista staffer by way of Wake Forest University. Kendra is a brilliant computer programer who can whip any computer program into shape. Contact her at kcallwood@wsurban.org Next is Kismet Loftin-Bell. Kismet is Co-Director of this year's program. But if her face is familiar, it is because she is a long time member of the W-S Urban League Family. She has served in the...

We were so excited to get started! Applications were due on Monday, June 26th, and up until that point, the SYEP staff were busy busy busy making sure everything was ready to go! Check out Ashely (left) and Kendra (right) prepping the paper work and keeping spreadsheets up to date. The application period was hectic for sure, but overall, we know it was worth it! Orientation was a lot of fun as well, as we met the interns and their parents (and watched Kismet and Joy take countless selfies…). Orientation was a period of making sure that all the students knew what to expect when...