April Mentee Spotlight – Rayza

rayzaHow did you get involved with the Teen Internship Program (TIP) and what were you hoping to get out of this experience?

I was referred by my counselor and was hoping to get some work experience as well as get out of the IEP Program.

What did you enjoy about being part of the Teen Internship Program?

It really helped me with time management and preparing for college. I also enjoyed working for Fleet Feet. I am very athletic and play softball, so I really enjoyed working with athletic clothing and equipment.

In what ways did being part of the Teen Internship Program help you?

I was enrolled into the IEP program in 7th grade. As a result of this internship, I was able to get out of the program. I also gained work experience at my first job which helped me prepare for the future.

What advice would you give a Hoboken teenager that is interested in the Teen Internship Program?

I would say go for it!  It is a great experience, and it taught me to be comfortable with myself and stay positive. The experience also taught me how to maintain eye contact during presentations, be more outspoken, and to not be afraid. It was a great experience being able to decorate the window display for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Along with your mentor, what part of the TIP program, in particular, taught you the most about achieving your goals and success?

The workshops taught me how to maintain eye contact during presentations and avoid saying the word “umm.” The program also helped me not to be nervous and I was able to join prep classes for the SAT’s and Math.


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