Daniel Seddon, an eighteen year old high school graduate, is currently completing a paid summer internship through North Light Community Center’s Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP), administered by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). Seddon is one out of twenty-nine teens at seventeen different worksites, representing a host of different career industries. In addition, teens join together at weekly seminars at North Light, which are focused toward project based learning, personal reflection and 21st century skills needed in today’s workforce.
Daniel was a senior at Roman Catholic High School who graduated with a 3.9 GPA and ranked top 10 percent in his class. He had developed a keen interest in business, politics and their impact on society. Throughout high school he was involved in athletic clubs such as soccer and rugby, volunteered as an assistant soccer coach, and worked hard as an employee. He had worked at Masonry Works and gained residential masonry contracting experience.
All of which has prepared him to be a great candidate for his summer internship at the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC). Daniel stated, “Being a Roxborough resident and working at RDC pays off because you get to see all of your hard work.” He added, “One thing I learned is how the area looks, impacts how businesses are perceived by the public.”
Roxborough Development Corporation assists the community with day-to-day operations, greening, safety and cleaning projects on the Ridge Avenue Commercial Corridor. Executive Director, James Calamia, is a great advisor and resource for Daniel as he learns about what it takes to improve and sustain the Roxborough community. RDC has participated as a worksite for SCEP WorkReady in the past. “I think SCEP WorkReady is a great program for teens to gain workforce experience and building basic skills.” James stated. “It also gives us the opportunity to allow youth to help in making Roxborough look better for the commercial corridor.”
By Tajae Ramos, SCEP WorkReady monitor