What is CLIA's Youth Connection?
Connecting youth with positive adult role models through internships and mentoring helps them obtain real world experience, discover new career paths and become more engaged in their own development. These connections form a foundation for young people to become active citizens and community leaders. CLIA has developed a number of unique Youth Connections:
Corporate & Community Mentoring
Corporate Mentoring connects high school students with professionals at area businesses, law firms, nonprofits and governments agencies. Participants are 11th and 12th graders enrolled in CLIA’s Law and Leadership Academies. Mentees spend one day each month at their mentor’s worksite over a two-year period-- participating in college visits, field trips, public speaking competitions and quality one-on-one bonding. CLIA provides sites with a curriculum full of activities, emphasizing college and career preparation and leadership development.
Corporate Mentors include: The Legal Aid Bureau; Saul Ewing LLP; the City Solicitor’s Office; the Office of the Maryland Attorney General; Niles, Barton, & Wilmer LLP; the Office of the Public Defender; the Office of the U.S. Attorney; Schochor, Federico, & Staton, P.A.; the State’s Attorney’s Office and Miles & Stockbridge, P.A.
Community Mentoring connects youth and adults outside the work setting. CLIA recruits and trains adults to mentor at-risk youth in their transition to high school while providing them with personal and academic support. Throughout the year, CLIA offers fun, meaningful events to enrich the mentoring relationship and expose pmentees to new experiences and ways to contribute to their community.
The Mayor’s Executive Internship Program & the City Council Page Program
CLIA has partnered with the city’s top elected officials to create unique internships for young leaders interested in government, politics or just making Baltimore better. The Mayor’s Executive Internship Program provides selected youth with valuable work and life experience at the highest levels of the City’s Executive Branch, while teens will receive a close up view of the legislative branch through the City Council Page Program.
Interns and Pages work part-time during the school year and Interns work full-time over the summer. Participants receive extensive training from CLIA staff, an education stipend, and a unique “behind the scenes” look at how to run a city. At the conclusion of each program, Interns and Pages select issues facing the city and research solutions to present to the Mayor and City Council President’s senior staff for possible consideration.
- In 2009-2010, CLIA provided 205 youth with mentoring or internship opportunities
- Over the past three years, 95% of the students in Youth Connections successfully completed high school and 90% were accepted to four-year colleges
- One intern developed a guide to city resources for residents as part of her final project and another is working to develop a fiscal literacy curriculum for elementary school students