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Teenage Interns Gain Valuable Skills at MOSH

July 20, 2009

moshJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the past four weeks, Leslie Johnson, 18, and T.J. Lewis, 17, have reported for duty at the Museum of Science & History.  Taking out trash, vacuuming floors and stocking the vending machine were just a few of their daily tasks.

MOSH partnered with the Jacksonville Urban League to host the teenagers who are participating in the JUL’s Summer Youth Employment Program.  The ultimate goal of the program, designed to equip youth between the ages of 16-21 with a diverse skill set, is to enable participants to secure future employment.

Clorinda Sanders, Jacksonville Urban League Summer Youth Employment Program Coordinator, says the program not only enriches the young people it serves but also makes a difference in the community.  “At a time when the Jacksonville crime rate is at an all-time high, it is important to provide young people with opportunities to lead constructive, productive lives.  Participating organizations like MOSH help do just that for members of the Summer Youth Employment Program and it ultimately makes Jacksonville a better place to live.”

mosh-1The Museum of Science & History, participating in the program for the second year, could not be more thrilled with the program.  Visitor Services Director, John Rouge, who oversees the interns, says “I have received so many compliments from MOSH staff members on the terrific job T.J. and Leslie do.  You can see by their actions and positive attitudes that they take pride in their work.  They have done a tremendous job keeping the Museum clean and safe during one of the busiest months of the year.”

Johnson and Lewis’ last day at MOSH is Friday, July 17.  In recognition of their hard work, MOSH staff is holding a going away reception in their honor.  The teens will conclude their program Friday, July 24, after a week of Mastering Transition Workforce Development at the Jacksonville Urban League.

MOSH is currently hosting Dino-Roar, a traveling exhibition that features animatronic dinosaurs.  Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $9 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and military, and $7 for children ages 3 through 12.  There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members.

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