Summer jobs are a great way for kids to learn about responsibility, hard work, and the importance of getting an education. But there’s another important value that could be imparted: empathy.
By creating a six-week summer internship program, one that pairs teenagers with service clubs and organizations, we can introduce young Albertans to new communities and people that they might not otherwise meet. They’ll see the value of local engagement and community service, of new experiences and interactions, and of putting other people’s interests ahead of their own. Even if the experience is temporary, at a critical time in young people’s lives, it can help instill a sense of the possibilities arising from the weaving together of different stories.
And by making it a condition of their graduation from high school, we could ensure that everyone gets to try it.