Our Impact

SLIP internships are much more than just summer jobs. Eight-week paid summer internships are preceded by a guided application process and rigorous work readiness training and followed by year-round college access activities. An intensive guided application process develops skills needed for college and job applications. In ten required Saturday training sessions prior to the internships, students set personal career goals and develop job seeking, work readiness, and practical office skills. Year-round college prep and career planning activities help interns access postsecondary education. Ongoing SLIP networks of peers and professionals provide support, role models, and networks for future jobs.

The long-term impact that SLIP, along with its collaborative partners, has on the lives of the youth and the community in which we live is powerful:

Economic Development

  • Through SLIP, hundreds of thousands of dollars from interns’ wages is injected into our community

Workforce Development

  • Through SLIP, the critical gap between our talented young people and the needs of our region’s work force is bridged
  • A follow-up with our graduates shows that a majority are employed, continuing their education or serving in our nation’s armed services

Professional and Personal Development

  • Through SLIP, internships, professional networks and college access/persistence activities help students realize their potential and options for the future and assist them in reaching their personal, educational, and professional goals

In addition to the paid internships, SLIP provides a variety of services including ACT prep, alumni support, and helps to find funding for college. The program has over 3,400 alumni of which 98% have gone on to post-secondary education. The program has been so successful that it has been modeled in 38 other cities. Join us as we continue to; open doors, open minds, and open eyes.