Pearl Seymour, age 17, of the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club is one six Boys & Girls Club teens hired by Taco Bell Foundation to be part of its Graduate to Go™ internship program. The three-month position, which began in July, exposes teens to high potential careers. Seymour and her intern peers also serve as “social media reporters,” sharing their career experiences through digital media. Seymour’s contributions can be seen on the Graduate to GoTM Facebook page.
During the program, Seymour shadows business professionals and participates in company and community events, chronicling her experiences online. Examples include career training at the Taco Bell Restaurant Support Center in Irvine, California, interaction with local Taco Bell business partners and vendors, and participation in the Keystone Regional Conference, a teen leadership event hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Interns receive a $10,000 educational scholarship, all-expense-paid travel during the program, a digital camera and an iPad.
In addition, Seymour and the other interns will receive franchisee training at the Taco Bell Franchise Convention in Las Vegas and have the opportunity to speak with and hear from some of these successful business men and women.
The 2011 Graduate to Go™ Interns were nominated by their Clubs because they exemplify focus and determination in life and at school. Each teen has overcome exceptional personal obstacles while remaining motivated to graduate from high school as a path to a better life.
Seymour is also a 2011 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Youth of the Year for the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club. The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee. It offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty. The Clubs operates 37 locations, including its Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For all the latest Club news visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org or www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee.