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College Interns Learn Leadership Skills for Friday Night Live Program

The Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA), which has staffed two paid Youth Programs Advisor internships with Columbia College students, reports they are excelling in their ten-hour a week positions, training and learning as they help provide positive youth development programs in Tuolumne County schools.

Tiffany Rizzo-Weaver and Linda Valenzuela are currently staffing Club Day recruitment tables and hosting kick off pizza parties alongside ATCAA Youth Programs Coordinator Tori Bors as they begin the 2022-23 school year preparing to deliver state-funded Friday Night Live (FNL) curriculum to local high school, middle school, and elementary school students.

Tiffany Rizzo-Weaver and Linda Valenzuela at Leadership Institute with Bob White, Program Director

Both Tiffany and Linda recently attended a four-day FNL Leadership Training Institute in Sacramento through ATCAA’s auspices and will be involved through the end of May 2023 in ongoing FNL and related training opportunities such as Healing Centered engagement (HCE) certification as they continue to build capacity while helping provide weekly programs and activities on several campuses; among them Summerville, Sonora and Gold Rush Charter high schools, and Summerville and Gold Rush elementary schools.

Bors says she is thrilled with ATCAA’s ongoing partnership with Columbia College, which allows it to locate and secure high-caliber local candidates who while studying in related or complementary fields can train and continue to “learn as they earn.” ATCAA anticipates posting more Internship opportunities later this year as well as ahead of the 2023-24 school year.

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