Equity Interns Program

In this summer program, Equity Interns spend 8 weeks in full-time (paid) internships supporting the YMCA of San Francisco’s Power Scholars Academy.

The Equity Interns program is a collaboration between the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center and the YMCA of San Francisco to reduce the achievement gap and prevent COVID-19 learning loss in under- resourced communities.

The goal of this two-year pilot program is to bring together public service minded college students as trained Equity Interns who will offer interactive virtual summer learning opportunities for children entering grades K-8. The Equity Interns will enhance young students’ overall development, academic performance, and graduation rates by supporting Powers Scholars Academy teachers and staff and engaging children and their families while inspiring them to become life- long academic achievers.

The Equity Interns program envisions supporting young students in three areas of high need:

  1. Ensuring continuous and attentive student participation and access to virtual activities through increased adult-to-student high- touch engagement;
  2. Role modeling and connecting children with personal experience and impact stories to help young students envision their paths to college, careers and future civic engagement; and
  3. Connecting with families and caretakers to ensure young students have the access, resources, and support they need for every scholar to be successful.

Applications for internships for summer 2022 will open soon. Email us to receive the announcement: mccarthycenter@usfca.edu.