A Summer of Learning and Fun: Recap of the Atlanta BeltLine Youth Internship Program

The Atlanta BeltLine Summer Youth Program has officially concluded, marking two weeks of inspiration, exploration, and learning. During the program, 12 students from BeltLine neighborhood high schools embarked on a transformative journey, diving into the diverse projects and programs driven by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI). 

From hands-on experiences to insightful engagements, the students were introduced to the various facets of the BeltLine and ABI’s mission to positively impact communities around the 22-mile corridor. 

The program, designed to provide an immersive experience, offered an in-depth exploration of different BeltLne departments. Through a carefully curated series of activities, students gained exposure to the inner workings of ABI while also connecting with members of the team and discovering potential career paths post-graduation. 

The first week was dedicated to familiarizing students with the BeltLine and its essential elements. This included engaging presentations, creative games, and meet-and-greets with prominent figures within the BeltLine community. 

Week two allowed students to delve further into each of the BeltLine’s departments. The students were exposed to the importance of economic development, the role of arts and culture, the intricacies of community engagement, the dynamics of communications and finance, and more. 

The program’s grand finale was marked by students sharing their favorite moments and receiving personalized resumes from the BeltLine’s HR team, an invaluable tool as they venture into their future pursuits. 

The Atlanta BeltLine Summer Youth Program left a lasting impact on its participants, offering invaluable insights into various aspects of urban development, community engagement, and professional life. The students left with a newly fostered sense of leadership, collaboration, engagement, and enthusiasm, ideally setting the stage for bright futures. 

The students enjoy a day of learning out on the trail with BeltLine staff. Photo by The Sintoses.

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