Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Summer Internship - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Joe Birch

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Summer Internship


Mid-South lawyers and business leaders are taking back their neighborhoods this summer by providing 100 high school students with a summer law internship.

It's a chance for a diverse group of students to learn and grow and take what they learn back to their communities.

In the City Council Chambers 100 Mid-South High school students started their orientation for a summer law internship that could shape their future and maybe even land them in the chambers again one day.
"We believe this puts them on a track to always succeed as opposed to falling by the wayside and getting lost because nobody paid attention to them," attorney Gina Higgins said. 

This is day one of the second annual Student Law Intern Program, led in part by the Memphis Bar Association.

The program gives a diverse group of Mid-South High School juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with lawyers, judges, and corporations for four weeks during the summer.
"They want younger people to look up to them as mentors and they want to give us their knowledge and they just want to make the younger America aware of our nations problems," Houston High student Michael Arealus Nash said.

These students will also take part in etiquette, networking, and college prep courses so they will be ready for life after graduation.

At the end of the four weeks, students and organizers hope the internship will not only benefit the student, but the community as well.
"I can show them that I'm doing something positive with myself and I can come back and explain stuff to them because I know there are people in my neighborhood who want to be lawyers that couldn't be here or didn't know about this opportunity. So I can take what I learned and take it back to them," Kirby High student Iysha Batts said.    

The students spent part of Friday hearing from community leaders including Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton, who provided words of encouragement on day one of this internship program.

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