This summer, SEIU Virginia 512 is employing four interns through the Educating Youth through Employment (EYE) program.
The EYE program connects young people with job opportunities in the community to help them gain the work experience they need to start their careers.
In Northern Virginia, the EYE program is run by SEIU Virginia 512 member Natalie Nguyen Woodruff. For her, this program is personal.
“When I was 16, I got my first job through a program like this. It gave me financial stability and opened a world of opportunity,” said Nguyen Woodruff. “Now, I want to give that same opportunity to these young people.”
Our summer interns are learning about the union, about county employees and home care providers, and they’re making a difference.
Now, you can learn more about them here:
Owen Conway plans to become a video game developer in the near future. This summer, he’s working with our Member Political Organizer team to help register voters, educate members about important issues and more. This program has helped Owen “learn how to work in an office environment.”
Aliymah Lyon hopes to own her own clothing line, write novels and be her own boss. “At the end of the day, though, I would like to help people with their problems through fashion and literature,” she says
Working at the union this summer has taught Aliymah to “always follow my dreams. Also, I’ve learned how important voting is, not only for myself, but for my son as well.”
Jeydi Osorto-Ayala wants to work with kids with disabilities when she grows up because “I love kids and I love helping people,” she says.
Working at the union this summer has taught her “how to work with people and… have lots of patience when helping others.”
Javon A. Price wants to have a career in law and “one day run for office and represent Virginia in the United State Senate.” Working at the union, Javon says, “I have learned not only what a union does for its members, but how it has a prodigious impact on society as a whole. Whether it’s the Fight for 15 or defending employees when they are in need.”
“These lessons will last a lifetime and I can’t thank you all enough,” adds Javon.
We thank our wonderful summer interns for their hard work, and we thank Natalie Nguyen Woodruff and her team for all they do for the next generation of working people.