First Emmy Doo Interns Complete LEARNer Program

Anne Donofrio-Holter
July 18, 2013 • 668 views

Thanks to LEARN (Learning Enrichment & Academic Resources Network), the first group of Emmy Doo interns have completed their 12-week LEARNer Internship Program where they gained valuable work experience in a small business setting, learned business management skills as well as personal financial management.  Located in Whittier, Emmy Doo’s Cookie and Ice Cream Shop was launched by LEARN this past April as a new social enterprise that will help sustain youth programs for area students as they serve as Emmy Doo employees during their internship period.  During this time, students also attended various workshops and took field trips focusing on career awareness and small business entrepreneurship.
“Getting into this internship was one of the best and most productive things I have done in my life so far, said Frontier High School graduate Roman Rocha.  “It gave me the push I needed to prepare for life after high school.”
“Two years ago I would never have imagined myself joining the LEARNer Program,” said Pioneer High School junior Victor Rodriguez.  “It taught me to balance my time and get done what needed to be done.”
According to LEARN CEO Robert Arellanes, “Emmy Doo’s is the first shop of its kind where business and education coalesce to affirm education equity for children in the Los Angeles area.”  All proceeds from Emmy Doo’s will help keep school doors open and kids safe in LEARN’s ASPIRE, PREP, and KidsPlay programs.  These programs provide quality afterschool services that focus on homework assistance, academic and extra-curricular enrichment and recreation for grades K through 12 within the communities of El Monte, Whittier, Pico Rivera and La Puente.
“The positive impact we have seen from this first group of interns has been very uplifting, demonstrating how much young people want to succeed and what they can accomplish with a little support and direction,” said Arellanes.  “They represent our communities’ future leaders and what we invest in them now will come back to us tenfold.  I’m proud that LEARN continues to find new ways to provide opportunities for our youth.”

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