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Katya Shkurkin

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Katya Shkurkin, director

Internship sites - children

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters
3434 Martin Way E #3
Olympia, WA 98506

Supervisor: Lauren Burduick

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Informal interviewing of children to find their background information
  • Interview prospective big brothers and big sisters to match their personalities and interests of the children needing the emotional support
  • Interact with the children during activities in order to form trust bond relationships

Community Youth Services
711 First Ave. NE
Olympia, WA 98506

Deputy Director: Paula Rauen, ex. 119
Fax: same number

Division Supervisor: J. Michelle Swope, ex. 148

Duties: Since CYS Drop-In Center is a place for disenfranchised and homeless youth to come and get assistance in meeting their needs (food, clothing, safety, shelter, emotional and intellectual growth, and individualism), interns will provide advocacy, guidance, crisis intervention and referral information to homeless youth ages 12-21.

The intern would also:

  • Develop linkages with community agencies as a means to coordinate services
  • Participate in planning activities in order to engage homeless youth
  • Provide services that expedite the meeting of contract requirements and program outcomes
  • Participate in project, meetings and training
  • Participate in a workplace that values diversity and is free of all discriminatory practices
  • Demonstrate open communications, teamwork and documentation abilities
  • Prepare cases and do other work as assigned

Requirements: The intern needs to have experience working with sexual and ethnic minority youth, have good communication skills (over phone too), be open minded, be able to work with the youth and their families, be able to work in diverse groups, abide by confidentiality policies and be creative and flexible. Depending on what the intern does, he/she would have to:

  1. Participate in the drop-in room hours at least once a week and in community events as an advocate for homeless, at risk and disadvantaged youth
  2. Complete the 6 hour new volunteer training, volunteer at least 3 hours a week and sit in on at least one Community Accountability Board Session

Hawks Prairie Head Start
8220 Steilacoom Rd. SE
Lacey, WA 98513

Supervisor: Elisa Wilson

Duties and Responsibilities: Classroom Aide to special needs children with behavioral problems and to help their families meet their child's education needs. Two interns at one time can sign up for this internship.

Olympic Childcare
420 McPhee Street
Olympia, WA 98502

Supervisor: Randi Crum

Duties and responsibilities: Teacher's aide for special needs children. Student intern will learn how to teach special needs children, using their creativity in adapting classroom lessons to fit the child's learning ability. The student intern will also provide emotional support in order for the children to gain their trust so that learning will occur.

St. Mike's Tykes
1010 Eastside St.
Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Person: Deb Harris

Environment: Childcare

Duties and responsibilities: The intern will develop recreation programs for low-income children ages 3-5 years and after school recreation programs for children ages 6-12. The intern will also create a project which works with children and their families.

Note: If you like children and want to play, then this is for you!

Thurston County Parks Dept.
2617-A 12th Court SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Supervisor: Sue Poyner

Duties: Plan and assist recreational programs

Note: They are interested in interns, but not for the fall of 2006.

Yelm Head Start
624 Crystal Springs Rd.
Yelm, WA 98501

Supervisor: Anni Caldwell

Duties and responsibilities: Help with disadvantaged children, ages three to four.

510 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Contact: Chris Miller

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Health fitness management
  • Assist youth in sports programs
  • Help train volunteers and coaches
  • Work with the phones, filing, and game scheduling

Note: This is not technically an internship, but the YMCA accepts volunteers.

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