‘You have to tap into something other than the rote learning’


The three women who run the internship program at University Preparatory Academy High School in Detroit aren’t just giving students a peek into life beyond high school. They’re helping this struggling school, where test scores have slid in recent years, improve academic achievement.

The key to that work? Getting kids engaged in school.

The internships foster “good skills that every student needs in order to become a highly effective student,” said Randi Millard, the director of the program who works alongside Carolyn Matigian, the recruitment lead, and Jessica Martiny, the logistics lead.

And when kids are engaged, they tend to do better academically. The school is ranked at the 10th percentile.

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