Pelham Together, a non-profit organization working to support youth to make healthy choices and avoid substance abuse, has received $20,000 in the recently approved 2019-20 New York State Budget thanks to the advocacy of State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. It was the first NY State grant for Pelham Together.

The funding will support Pelham Together's Summer Internship Program, which begins with several days of job readiness training led by a youth development professional and then pairs high school students entering grades 9-12 with a local business. Teens work for up to 30 paid hours over three weeks. Periodic, formal meetings for the entire group and program leaders allow participants to share experiences and be supported.

“This program is a core component of Pelham Together’s work to elevate youth and build the next generation of ethical civic leaders” said Sen. Biaggi, a first term member of the New York State Senate for District 34 which serves portions of the Bronx and Westchester. “This funding will help Pelham Together develop empowered youth, engaged adults, and energized community partners, harnessing the shared sense of responsibility that makes Pelham so unique.”

Laura Caruso, Executive Director of Pelham Together, is thrilled to receive such a clear vote of confidence from Senator Biaggi. “We believe our teens are looking for real-world, authentic experiences. Our Summer Internship Program provides those experiences in a supported, nurturing environment. It is so important to us that Senator Biaggi sees the value in this Program and is such a strong advocate for the youth of Pelham.”

Local businesses who are interested in learning more about hosting an intern can email jen.silvester10@gmail.com. To read more about the Summer Internship Program please visit http://www.pelhamtogether.org/about/programs/internship-program/

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