High school students join DCPS staff as LEAP associates this summer
June 30, 2011 - Over a dozen DC high school students have signed up to spend part of their summers working at the DCPS central office, learning about how the school district runs and developing career skills that will set them apart in college and beyond.
The opportunity to practice real-life skills in a large office was what drew Aarin Clark-Smith, a student at McKinley Tech High School, to the LEAP program. "I thought it would be a great experience," she said. "It would help me become independent."
All of the student associates are placed in a variety of offices throughout DCPS and have the opportunity to work on real projects and answer to a staff supervisor.
Many of these projects include professional development and writing, making it a great opportunity for associates applying to college in the fall. "I thought it'd be able to help with college," explained Aarthi Duleep, a student at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School and associate with the Office of Special Education.
Cheria Best, from School Without Walls High School, is looking forward to completing her LEAP work with the Office of Secondary School Transformation. "It'll help me become better with organization and social skills."