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From: Peggy Walters, Ph.D.

Youth Experiencing Success

Project facilitator

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many leaders in business and agencies in Anne Arundel County who have offered internships to 17 students in the YES (Youth Experiencing Success) Project at the Center of Applied Technology South.

The purpose of the YES Project is to support at-risk students in graduating from high school by offering non-traditional alternatives for learning and earning graduation credit. YES sponsors were partners in education, working one-on-one with students, teaching them communication and job-keeping skills along with technical skills at each place of business.

Summer sponsors include Darlene Washington and TimChestnut from the Department of Recreation and Parks, Bill Hamilton from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Jan Ferguson from Jan Ferguson Interior Plantscaping, Lt. Cmdr. Dave MacEslin from the U.S. Naval Academy Department of Sailing, Jacqueline Harris of Alternative Living Inc., Yvonne Kranitz of Vocational Rehabilitation, Sandy Zimmerman of Turkey Point Marina, Bob Besse of the Draketail Project, Geraldine Johnson from the Summer Career Camp at CAT South, Gwen Stein of the South County Library, Micki Main of the SPCA and Kevin Williams, president of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

Students rated these internships as one of the best educational experiences of their careers. They benefited from working directly with their sponsors. They also were fortunate to receive stipends at minimum wage rates while they learned.

Financial contributions from the following organizations have made these stipends possible: Severn Savings Bank, Second National Federal Savings Bank, Annapolis Elks Lodge, Technology Assistance Project for Equity and Non-Traditional Students and Central Regional Center for Vocational Equity. Stipends were also supplied through the Summer Youth Employment Program administered by Jim Williams of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and funded by the Office ofManpower under the direction of Dorothy McGuinness.

We hope we can count on the same generous contribution of time and funds to offer YES internships again next summer.

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