CAYLA Summer Experience, what is it? A look into two students' amazing summer
CAYLA Students Summer 2017

Two BCEC Students participate in CAYLA

What is CAYLA? City of Asheville Youth Leadership Association (CAYLA) is a web of internships for kids interested in helping the community over the summer. It helps the community in a lot of ways, providing internships to students that will benefit the community from businesses such as the Young Men’s Christian Academy (YMCA), Manna food bank and more. CAYLA helps students recognize that they can improve the community while also getting quality business experience. The internships themselves only last 8-weeks during the summer, but the community service work can last all year long.

To get into the CAYLA program you have to submit an application and participate in an interview. The selection process itself is very competitive, only 40 students get in every year! If you get in, you can select from 34 different business/events to intern with and get a fantastic experience that help students later in life.

Some statistics that show the impact of CAYLA on its applicants are: 100% of CAYLA seniors have been accepted to college and 80% of CAYLA alumni are on track to graduate from colleges across North Carolina and the Southeast, or have already obtained their degree, so obviously this program is worth looking into!

Bianca and Fisayo had similar experiences with CAYLA, both of them joined without really knowing anyone except each other. However, when they joined they felt instantly welcomed because everyone was nice and accepting, they say it felt like a family. They both helped many non-profits around Asheville and learned about how to be more successful in life and college, and even had a chance to get a scholarship! Fisayo and two other Interns at SHAC They also both chose different organizations to intern with for the 4 weeks in the summer, Fisayo choosing Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservatory (SAHC). They also worked with students from other schools on the projects, primarily Asheville High and Erwin. The project helps non-profits, teaches students and helps the community, this making for an event that Bianca and Fisayo both agree is very beneficial and should definitely be considered by all Early College students who are looking for a way to help the community and/or a learning experience.

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