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The high school interns in Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s (RWA) Shore Corps program worked hard and played hard all summer! Throughout the six-week summer program, participants were assigned to a wide variety of different jobs in the community. For example, some participants worked with the NYC Campaign Finance Board to register voters, and others worked with the National Audubon Society, raising awareness about the endangered piping plovers. Other participants spent the summer working with local Rockaway restaurants (Breezy’s BBQ, La Fruteria, Brothers, and Caracas) and surf schools (Skudin and NY Surf).

In addition to working at different sites, Shore Corps interns learned important professional skills, like how to build a strong resume. This summer, the Financial Sharktress, Galit Tsadik, came to teach participants about the financial aspect of college and gave tips to prevent the accumulation of college debt. Shore Corps interns also worked with an improv group, developing public speaking skills for a performance at the end of the summer.

Shore Corps interns are also heavily involved in improving the local environment. The interns collected over 500 pounds of trash from our streets and beaches. In an effort to have some fun while building appreciation for the Rockaway environment, they also spent several afternoons each week surfing and kayaking.

Special thanks to our Shore Corps Program sponsors: The Aviation Development Council, JetBlue Airways, the Levitt Foundation, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the NYC DYCD Compass Explore program.

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