Challenger Center STEAM Team Interns start Summer of service

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Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 4:39 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Challenger Center’s STEAM Team internship program gives high school students an opportunity to have a Summer of skills development and community volunteering.

The community service part of the mission kicked off at the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter Tuesday, where the interns dropped off dog runs, catio’s, medical and cleaning supplies to the overcrowded facility.

”It really shocks me because I personally have not done much before this and that’s why I really thank this program for getting me out here,” said Caden Couch a Junior at Hazard Independent High School. “And I’m really glad to be here and it really really hits me in my heart to feel that I’m making a difference.”

STEAM Team Program Manager Joseph Collins said while volunteering is a huge part of the program, the experiences are rooted in giving young people unique experiences.

”We are learning engineering. We are learning to build things and assemble things,” said Collins. “We are learning financial planning, how to put a program like this together. Some of these opportunities are exactly what you might think, mathematics, science, engineering but we also want to expose them to a career path.”

Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter Manager, Allie Mullins, said despite all the recent help the shelter is struggling.

”The whole rescue shelter world, at least from what I know in the United States right now, is just completely overwhelmed,” she said.

Couch hopes he can serve as an example for more people his age to help at places like this animal shelter.

”I think it’s amazing because if you look at my age group you won’t see as many volunteers,” he said. “And I think this, these kinds of programs can really bring up the population of volunteers to help around.”

More information about The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky and its program is available online.

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