Summer of Impact Signing Day was held at Central Gwinnett High School, where the City of Lawrenceville, Impact 46, Central Gwinnett High School, Discovery High School, and Hearts to Nourish Hope kicked off the Summer of Impact internship program for the fifth year. 11 students signed contracts for eight-week summer internships before an audience of future employers, community leaders, family, and friends.
“The Summer of Impact program is building a legacy of leaders and a stronger workforce in our community,” said Mayor David Still. “Selected interns from Central Gwinnett and Discovery High Schools are provided pathways to help them choose post-secondary options that fit their passion and gain a professional network that will help them connect to careers right here in Lawrenceville.”
A total of 58 students applied from Discovery High School and Central Gwinnett High School. After completing a multi-step interview process, the final 12 students were selected and offered positions with the Aurora Theatre, Barrios Virguez Attorneys, the City of Lawrenceville, Cheese Press Publishing, Powell & Edwards, Rejoice Christian Books & Gift Shop, and Shuma Sports.
The “Signing Day” event showcased a panel discussion featuring original members of the first Summer of Impact class. The panel discussion, moderated by Community Development Manager, Jasmine Billings, and Discovery Assistant Principal, Brent Cruce, highlighted the panelists’ perspectives on what the program signifies to them, reflected on their experiences of seeing former students now as adults, and offered advice to the current year's class. The participants in the panel were Britany Leon, Amara Okoro, Moonieb Yahaya, and Kamari Brown. Randy Redner, Rainbow Village Chief Strategy and Philanthropy Officer gave the Keynote Address.
Summer of Impact is a collaborative initiative to help high school students discover their God-given purpose, passion, and influence thru paid internships with local businesses. It leverages the eight weeks of summer to impact the six sectors of Lawrenceville—local businesses, government, schools, neighborhoods, churches, and non-profits—by providing enrichment and leadership engagement opportunities for youth. Leadership development training will be offered through Impact 46.
For additional information about Summer of Impact, visit www.impact46.org or follow their social media. For additional information on the City of Lawrenceville, visit www.lawrencevillega.org or follow their social media.