Kayla is a bright and ambitious college senior at Florida Atlantic University. She currently interns at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale through its Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program. Funded in part by The Jim Moran Foundation, the program provides former foster care and at-risk youth with valuable work experience and guidance towards self-sufficiency.
"As a child, I was in foster care until my 18th birthday," Kayla said. "I witnessed things and had first-hand experiences that no one should have to go through. As a result, I became motivated to obtain my degree in social work so that I can help children in the system. I am further motivated to earn my law degree in order to work to change policies as these relate to foster care. With my education in social work and my future law degree, I plan to advocate for those going through some of the same struggles I had to face and in the process make the system better.
"Having the opportunity to be a part of MODS and have a professional position is thrilling to me. Not only does this internship allow me the flexibility to attend FAU while earning an income, it is an amazing experience that helps me learn and in the process builds my resume so that I will have a respectable work history that will benefit me in obtaining future jobs.
"At this time, I am currently finishing my last few classes at FAU and preparing to take the LSAT exam. To all of the future TIL interns, I provide this bit of advice - enjoy and appreciate every moment of your time at MODS. It is a huge learning experience and a great opportunity to get your foot in the door in the working world. I am grateful for this program, the people and for the Museum."
For more information, please contact TIL program Director Charlotte Zolotor at 954-467-6637, ext. 214