The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education is pleased to announce that a total four students from two different Archdiocesan high schools have been selected to participate in the AOPS Technology Internship program through WorkReady this summer. Given the COVID-19 pandemic the internships will be completed remotely.
The AOPS Technology Department worked with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and WorkReady, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network to develop internship criteria consistent with best practices and to establish a framework providing for a paid internship experience. Students will submit reflective journal entries using Flipgrid. In addition, the four students will receive a Google Level One Certification upon completion of the program.
This year’s interns from Father Judge High School for Boys in the Northeast section of Philadelphia are Dylan Chambers and Christian Nair, both members of the Class of 2020 and Jaden Desarden, a member of the Class of 2021, as well as Jola Banji-Ajala, a member of the Class of 2022 from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School.
The six-week program will commence the last week of June with orientation provided by Catholic Social Services, which is a WorkReady partner organization. For the remaining five weeks, the internship will take place remotely with Mr. Tommy Fonville the IT Director at Father Judge High School and Ms. Rosie Carollo Technology Coordinator at John W. Hallahan serving as the supervisors assisting the students online to complete their learning opportunity. Mr. Fonville will assist Dylan and Christian while Ms. Carollo will provide assistance to Jola and Jaden.
Mr. William E. Brannick, Director of Technology PreK-12 for the Office of Catholic Education said, “We are fortunate this year that the program is expanding to two Archdiocesan high schools and providing four students with real world experience in the Information Technology field. While this year’s internship will take place remotely, we are committed to creating an opportunity for the students to gain valuable knowledge that they can go on to apply in the technology sector.”
During his time at Father Judge High school, Dylan Chambers participated in activities including Senior Tech, News Director, and was a member of Campus Ministry. In addition, Dylan was a member of the Tech Club and Science Club. He will be attending LaSalle University in the fall where he will major in Information Technology. Dylan attended Holmesburg Christian Academy, an elementary school located in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia.
Christian was on the honor roll and had perfect attendance as a student at Father Judge High School. He was also on the school’s baseball team during his freshman and sophomore year. Christian will be attending Saint Joseph’s University in the fall where he will major in Computer Science. He attended Saint Matthew Parish School in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.
Jaden has been on the Father Judge High School Varsity Cross Country Team and Track Team for the past three years. He was also recognized with the Father Judge Helm Award for his participation on the Varsity Cross Country Team. In addition, Jaden has been a member of the Diversity Club and the National Society of High School Scholars since his sophomore year. He attended Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.
While attending John W. Hallahan High School, Jola has participated in the school’s ambassador program for the past two years. Jola attended Northwest Academy Charter School.
About WorkReady Philadelphia
WorkReady is a 6-week summer job for 12-24-year-olds in Philadelphia. For many young people, summer jobs are a critical first introduction to the world of work. WorkReady offers 5 program types through 80+ partner organizations, providing more than 1,000 places for young people to work each summer. Each year, more than 16,000 young people apply annually for roughly 8,000 opportunities. WorkReady partners and supporters are working to raise awareness and raise funds so that more young people can work this summer. WorkReady is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). For more information, visit www.workready.org. *While we are #STILLin4WorkReady, due to COVID-19, programming for summer 2020 will look different*.
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Editor’s Note: For information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.aopcatholicschools.org/. For information about Faith in the Future Foundation, please visit www.faithinthefuture.com/. For information about Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit cssphiladelphia.org/. To follow the AOPS Tech Department use #aoptech and to follow the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools use #AOPSWeSeeYou.