The Teen Summer Work Program (TSWP) is one of the Housing Authority’s most popular programs. It started in 2009 for youth ages 16-20 who wanted help getting a summer job. Now fast forward to 2016 …. We are proud to say the TSWP has successfully helped more than 100 youth get their first job!
We recently heard from a young lady who called to let us know she was awarded a $138,000 National Science Foundation Fellowship grant for her doctoral level research in nuclear physics. She is interested in the science behind high-precision measurements and wants to work on designing and building scientific instruments in national laboratories.
Danielle has always been a very special young woman. A hard worker with a sharp mind, Danielle set many goals for herself starting even before high school. She loved math and science and worked very hard in both subjects. Then, in 2010, as a high school student, she applied to the TSWP. She spent the next two summers working for the Housing Authority of Covington. Danielle worked on data entry, flyers and newsletters, and other clerical duties. She sharpened her skills with Microsoft Office and other software programs. She also assisted with many resident programs and events.
“The Teen Summer Work Program was an invaluable experience for my early work career,” Danielle says. “Not only did I earn my first paycheck, but I learned a lot of useful skills that they don’t teach you in school. Workplace etiquette, practice interviewing for a job, and how to network with future employers—these skills came in handy when I applied to college and my next job!”
After high school graduation, Danielle went on to Berea College on scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in physics. She then married and started her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. In between, Danielle has traveled to Paris, France for a study abroad program and spent a summer at the University of Colorado at Boulder working on a physics research project. She said she called to let us know how she is doing because she credits the TSWP, in part, for giving her a great start!