In June, Pelham Together (formerly PACT) interviewed Pelham high school students interested in participating in Pelham Together’s 2018 Summer Internship program. Seventeen spectacular candidates, incoming 9th through 12th graders with diverse backgrounds and interests, were selected to participate in the four-week program. The program placed each student with a local business, civic or nonprofit organization following a week-long training designed to develop leadership, communication and collaboration skills needed to succeed on the job and in life. If you see these interns around town, please congratulate them!

Sophia Battaglia, Ryan Chang, Emma Colkin, Jack D’Angelo, Russ DeVico, Dante Gori, Hudson Hardwick, Bhakti Kulkarni, Gabriela Motta, Isabel Perez, AJ Rella, Thomas Roche, Kimberly Rosell, Sidney Skop, Caroline Spana, Nora Tahbaz, Anna Walkin

Pelham Together was able to offer this newly expanded program thanks to many dedicated and generous local businesses and organizations who agreed to mentor an intern or two this summer. Interns, whose hourly minimum-wage salary is paid by Pelham Together and the mentoring organization, worked closely with their mentors on projects that add value to the bottom line while helping them build relationships, increase practical job skills and hone their career interests. Pelham Together is so grateful to its internship partners for investing in our youth. If you see any of these mentors around town, please thank them!

Burbio, Holly Mellstrom Realty, Little Flower Yoga, The Picture House, Senator Klein, Plaster Palace, Pelham Art Center, Alice Pirsu Interior Design, Allesandra Biaggi Campaign, Pelham Civic Association, Symmetry Physical Therapy, Pelham Country Club, Pelham LOFT

On July 23, the internship program kicked off with a week of leadership training facilitated by youth development expert and trainer, Daniel Horgan. The interns got to know one another through interactive activities, games, problem-solving challenges, and discussions. Each day was based on a theme, including self-awareness, relationship-building, goal-setting, and creative and critical thinking.

For the following three weeks, interns worked at partner businesses and organizations in and around Pelham. Part of the program is a weekly lunch with Pelham Together on Friday afternoons. During that time, interns catch up and share with one another their experiences that week, touch base with Pelham Together’s Youth Advocate, Danielle Marrero, for guidance, assistance, or questions, and work as a group on a youth agenda for events, activities and service projects for the upcoming year.

As early as the first weekly lunch, the interns were already sharing positive feedback. Hudson Hardwick, who worked at the Picture House said, “…(Pelham Together) did a great job picking the internships! I love working at the Picture House!” Equally as positive, his mentor Laura DuBuys shared, “Hudson is amazing! We had a really thorny project set aside for him, and he completed it in about the first two hours. He is just wonderful and a big help to us.”

Contact Pelham Together Youth Advocate Danielle Marrero at to find out more about how to get involved with the Youth Council and internships for the future. Contact Laura Caruso at if you are interested in becoming a summer internship mentor.