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The Kids Are Alright

August 2015

Meet the future

Photography Deb McCarthy

Take a good look at them.  These kids are our future generation and they are at the crossroad of their lives.  The South Boston Neighborhood House (Ollie) has been a big part of their summer providing support, encouragement and guidance as they slowly leave their childhoods behind and enter into young adulthood.  Through program components that cover everything from academics, job training, volunteering and social activities, a strong foundation is being built for these kids to have success in their lives.  These young adults are standouts who possess the qualities of being leaders who will positively influence their peers, be role models to younger children and inspire all they come in contact with.  This summer they are out in the workforce taking on jobs that range from fitness to Beacon Hill.  They are the SLIP interns.  

The S.L.I.P. program was designed to give youth in the community an opportunity to develop valuable career skills from real world experiences in the workplace. Kids between the ages of 11-14 are placed in internships 2 days a week at local businesses where they are given the chance to work and develop the type of professionalism and knowledge that will guide them to becoming valuable members of the workforce in the future. 

“The Summer Leadership Intern Program was created to address several critical issues facing our young people today including lack of youth jobs and a lack of preparation for the workforce. Youth today face an increasingly difficult job market and are consistently asked to perform at higher standards, while being given less opportunities for training and real world work experience. Through their summer internships and trainings, SLIP participants are given a drastic advantage heading into the next stage of their lives when compared with their peers. The 2015 SLIP participants continue to show the types of skills valued by any employer: Hard work, dedication and consistency. They have grown as leaders and exemplify what it means to be a positive role model to those around them,” says Andrew Barrett, Coordinator of Education and Career Development at the South Boston Neighborhood House.

And here they are:

Andrew Markarian – State Representative Nick Collins Office

Where do you go to school?  
Boston Collegiate Charter School – 7th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Socializing with other people

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
Every role counts

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A music mixer

Who’s your life role model?
My Parents

Favorite summer movie?
Inside Out

Favorite book?
Light Night Thief

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Mul’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Broadways Best

Snapchat or instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Facebook

Ice cream or slush?
Chocolate Ice Cream

 Nolan Callow – State Representative Carmine Gentile’s Office 

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
BC High                    7th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Seeing how the government operates

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
Learning how a bill becomes a law

What would you like to be when you grow up?
Engineer

Who’s your life role model?
My DAD

Favorite summer movie?
Jaws

Favorite book?
The Last Olympian

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Portabello’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Mirisola’s

Snapchat or instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Twitter

Ice cream or slush?
Moose Track Ice Cream

Macdara Casper –  Peter Welch’s Gym

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Saint John Paul Academy        8th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Meeting the customers and boxers

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
How to box and be healthy

What would you like to be when you grow up?
An Athlete

Who’s your life role model?
Anyone serving in the military

Favorite summer movie?
Minions

Favorite book?
Wonder

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
The Seapoint

Best Pizza in Southie
The Seapoint

Snapchat or instagram?
Snapchat

Facebook or twitter?
Twitter
ice cream or slush?
Rainbow slush

Sydney Denver – Headquarters Salon

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Henderson Inclusion School        7th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
How I can work on my leadership skills

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
I learned how to work better with others and how to clean and fold towels

What would you like to be when you grow up?
Occupational Therapist

Who’s your life role model?
My mom, dad, aunts and uncles 

Favorite summer movie?
Dodgeball

Favorite book?
Wonder

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Village

Best Pizza in Southie
Alfredo’s

Snapchat or instagram?
Snapchat

Facebook or twitter?
Twitter
ice cream or slush?
Blue Raspberry Slush

Conlon Connor – Cranberry Cafe

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Boston Latin Academy            7th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Finding out the responsibilities of a job

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
I learned it is not easy having a job

What would you like to be when you grow up?
I want to invent and create things

Who’s your life role model?
everyone

Favorite summer movie?
The Sandlot

Favorite book?
There’s too many to choose from

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Portabella’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Local 149

Snapchat or instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Twitter

Ice cream or slush?
Blue Raspberry Slush

Maggie Donovan  – Nurture Salon

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
The Winsor School                9th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
All the people are nice and friendly

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
How to pack olives and what arugula is 

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A Vet

Who’s your life role model?
IDK

Favorite summer movie?
Finding Nemo

Favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Sully’s

Best Pizza in Southie
L Street

Snapchat or instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Neither
Ice cream or slush?
Strawberry Ice Cream

Steven Leydon – Disability Law Center

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Archbishop Williams                    9th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Scanning Papers

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
I’ve learned to type faster

What would you like to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a police officer or a youtuber

Who’s your life role model?
A youtuber called The Gaming Lemon

Favorite summer movie?
The Starving Games

Favorite book?
“Oh The Places you’ll Go!” By Dr Seuss

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Barlow’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Olympic Pizza

Snapchat or instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Facebook

Ice cream or slush?
Vanilla Ice Cream

Garrett Smith – Preschool Program at the South Boston Neighborhood House

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
South Boston Catholic Academy        6th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
My favorite part of working is the staff and the children are real nice and happy

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
Working with young kids is fun, but still hard work

What would you like to be when you grow up?
I would like to work with building machines and robots

Who’s your life role model?
My Parents

Favorite summer movie?
Ant Man

Favorite book?
Blood of Olympus book #5, Percy Jackson

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Paramount

Best Pizza in Southie
L Street

Snapchat or instagram?
instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Facebook
ice cream or slush?
Chocolate Ice Cream

Declan Walsh – School Age Program at the South Boston Neighborhood House

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Dever/McCormack        7th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
The trips because I get to go swimming

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
Kids are not so easy to work with as I thought

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A Business Owner

Who’s your life role model?
My older cousin Pat because he is a man/fighter

Favorite summer movie?
Jurassic World

Favorite book?
Middle School Worst Year of My Life

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Rondo’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Broadway’s Best

Snapchat or instagram?
instagram

Facebook or twitter?
Facebook

Ice cream or slush?
Blue Vanilla Slush

 Cole Keenan – The Cronin Group

Where do you go to school?  What grade in September?
Boston Latin School        8th Grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
My favorite part about where I intern is the people I have met.  They have shown me how to work hard.

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
I have learned that if you work hard, you can still have a good time.

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A doctor

Who’s your life role model?
My Dad

Favorite summer movie?
Get Hard

Favorite book?
Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Shenannigan’s

Best Pizza in Southie
Land of Pizza

Snapchat or instagram?
Snapchat

Facebook or twitter?
Twitter

Ice cream or slush?
Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Brendan Boynton – William Higgins Insurance

Where do you go to school?
Cambridge, 9th grade

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Meeting new people

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
Accounting

What would you like to be when you grow up?
Engineer

Who’s your life role model?
Steve Jobs

Favorite summer movie?
Jurassic World

Favorite book?
Eragon

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Shenannigan’s 

Best pizza in Southie?
Olympics

Snapchat or Instagram?
Snapchat

Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook

Ice cream or slush? 
Blue vanilla slush

Allie Murphy – Barlows Restaurant

Where do you go to school?
Boston Collegiate Charter School

Favorite part about working where you intern this summer?
Experiencing working in a busy restaurant environment atmosphere

One thing you’ve learned this summer from your internship?
To always use positive communication when working in a busy restaurant 

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A Pediatric Surgeon

Who’s your life role model?
My older sister Ciara

Favorite summer movie?
Jurassic World

Favorite book?
When You Reach Me

Favorite restaurant in Southie?
Sully’s

Best pizza in Southie?
Joseph’s Bakery

Snapchat or Instagram?
Instagram

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter

Ice cream or slush?
Strawberry Ice Cream

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.