Published: July 26, 2018
This summer, Bridgewell has 12 interns through Urban Youth Collaborative Program and 5 through North Shore Workforce Investment Board’s F1rstJobs program.
Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP) is sponsored by the Department of Developmental Services that introduces young adults into the Health & Human Services field. F1rstJobs is the North Shore Workforce Investment Board Summer Jobs initiative, which began in 2005, that trains teens on how to find, get, and keep a job.
Through internships in day programs, residences and related administrative functions at Bridgewell facilities north of Boston, students learn about providing supports to people with life challenges and disabilities and are able to actively contribute to the day to day supports provided.
These internships allowed students to put a “human services” perspective on their majors. For example, nursing and occupational therapy students are paired with health care and occupational therapy staff to better understand how those skill sets are used daily at an organization like Bridgewell.
It is our goal that students not only have a fulfilling summer internship, but that they will consider working as a part time or full time Bridgewell staff at the end of their internship, or consider additional college education in this field.