Allentown partners with CareerLink and ASD to create a mentorship program

Written by on April 12, 2021

Allentown partners with CareerLink and ASD to create a mentorship program

By Ben Stemrich

April 12, 2021

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

The City of Allentown is teaming up with PA CareerLink and the Allentown School District to give local kids a chance at getting some work experience. The mentorship program could come to the city soon.

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For 12 weeks, some Allentown high schoolers will have an inside look on how their city is run through a new internship program.

“This might inspire one of them to want to either work for the city, go to college, be a politician, be infiltrated into the growth of their own city,” says Tatiana Tooley, Allentown’s human relations officer

Managers, including those in the city’s communications and engineering departments, will be mentors. Even the mayor will take part.

“We plant the seed with our young people, and we want them to learn precisely from the ground up, we want them to know the mechanisms of how everything is pieced together, we want them to understand ordinance, we want them to understand why we follow the rule of law,” she says. 

This program is for students who may be on the fence, Tooley says.

“We want the average ‘C’ student. Maybe our young folks who are taking this particular internship weren’t thinking about going to college but after experiencing what they experienced in 12 weeks we’re hoping to inspire higher education,” she says. 

The Allentown School Board could approve the program as early as the end of April.

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