Project SELF 2019 provided 63 Santa Ana high school students with paid internships. Our goal for the program was not just give students a summer job, but to use the eight weeks to give them an experience that will expose them to career paths they never knew about and most importantly, inspire them to pursue a college education. We wanted to expose them to things that they have never seen before, and help them shape their goals, and give them a path to their dreams.
Continuing a tradition that began in 2011, interns were treated to a day at UCI which included a tour of the law school, a talk by Assistant Dean, Senator Joseph Dunn (Ret.) followed by a question and answer period. They also heard from the UCI admissions counselor who has the final say in the admission process for UCI who gave them valuable tips on college applications. Students had the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of UCI students and finally, heard from some young lawyers who talked about their journey to becoming an attorney. Their second field trip was a tour of the Santa Ana Justice Center, with the Honorable Jamoa Moberly (Ret.) and Alan Crivaro as docents.
On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, the 2019 Project SELF interns were gathered together with their families and firms/employers to celebrate their successful summer employment. Michael Shuff, OC-ALA President, on behalf of Project Youth OCBF and the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators welcomed Project SELF interns, parents, family members, friends, distinguished guests, and his fellow administrators. 2019 President Elect of Project Youth OCBF, Mark Erickson, thanked partners and schools and guest speakers including keynote speaker, Monica M. Ramirez-Almadani with UCI, and Stephen Mendoza, a current Project Youth OCBF Ambassador and past Project SELF intern, and the Honorable Kim R. Hubbard who awarded the Banyard scholarships. Photos of the event can be viewed below.