Paid summer internships start for local high schoolers

PG&E teams up with Boys & Girls Club to offer jobs

PG&E is partnering with the Kern Co. Boys and Girls Club for this year's Summer Jobs Program.
 
55 high school students are selected to take part in the paid internship program, which partners with 35 local businesses and non-profits. This type of volunteer work has lead one woman to full-time employment. 
 
"At Stay Focused Ministries we have lots of volunteer opportunities, from mentoring one on one with a student to helping out at outreaches, to helping out in the office," said Spencer Surratt.
 
Spencer started out as a volunteer with Stay Focused, and months later was hired on as an administrative assistant.
 
 "I just felt like it was God's calling for me to be there for these kids in their lives, a lot of them don't have a positive role model to look up to," said Spencer.
 
 The new interns will work 20 hours a week until August, and will report what they've learned back to the Boys and Girls Club every Friday.
 
It's Evelyn Arredondo's internship at Congressman David Valadao's office, that is leading her to pursue a career in politics. 
 
"What it's done for me is open new doors, and have the new chances of meeting new people, and letting them know that, I want to go into the political field as well, and that I learn new things every single day."
 
Evelyn is also trying to raise money to go to the University of Virginia this summer to take several A.P. courses. If you would like to help her, visit:
 
www.isa.fundraise.org/helpmetouva
 
 
For more on the Summer Jobs program, visit:
 
www.pge.com/summerjobs/
 
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