AHA hires 13 summer interns for White House initiative

July 8, 20162min2290
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The Atlanta Housing Authority has hired 13 interns as part of the White House 2016 Summer Opportunity Project. The initiative provides 1,000 or more youths, ages 16-21, with job-readiness and summer employment opportunities.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development asked each public housing authority to hire at least one youth in support of the White House initiative,” said Joy Fitzgerald, president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority. “As a Moving to Work authority, we felt it only appropriate to go all out for this great initiative and hire 13 summer interns.”

“We’re delighted to have our summer interns, and their work will provide meaningful opportunities for them to learn new skills,” said Catherine Buell, AHA’s chief operating officer. “Interns will be included in our day-to-day business operations, and each department will be asked to identify specific learning objectives for our interns.”

The internships began June 13 and will end July 31. Participants were selected from the Choice Neighborhoods Community, Housing Choice Voucher Program and former University Home residents.

AHA’s summer interns are:

Keairra Brown, Georgia State University

Karemma Brown, Georgia State University

Jaela Clark, Spelman College

Autumn Griffin, Albany State University

Jada Hairston, Spelman College

Kavia Lowe, Therrell High School

Melanie McCammon, Henry W. Grady High

Sydne Pettaway, Arabia Mountain High

Kennedy Prothro, Spelman College

Breanna Rice, Spelman College

ReAna Thompson, Oakwood University

Essence Ware, Spelman College

Tyler Wilder, Woodland High School

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