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The UCLA Family Commons - Summer Internships

I am the Director of The UCLA Family Commons, a family and community wellness center founded by Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram, a professor of clinical psychology and bio-behavioral sciences at UCLA, and the Director of the Global Center for Children and Families at UCLA’s Semel Institute.  We are located in downtown Santa Monica www.uclacommons.com.

We are interested in offering summer internships to UCLA students.  We host very special summer camps for boys and girls.  I am currently looking for students who would be interested in serving as "camp counselors" for a small stipend for 10 weeks this summer (June 11-thru August 17), M-F 8:30 to 3:30.  We do not need students to work consecutive weeks (although that would be great for consistency), however we would like them to intern for a complete week or more, not partial days.

Our camps are very unique. All of the camps offer a wide variety of fun activities customized for the developmental needs of each age group. We incorporate research about youth's social and emotional growth. From the perspective of the children, the camps are entirely about having a good time, but we’ve actually planned the curriculum of each camp very carefully to be sure that children are at the same time building important life skills geared toward their particular stage of development.

For instance, with the girls we talk about things like friendship and bullying, body image, healthy eating and exercise, and the effects media has on how they think about themselves and their lives. We do a lot less talking with the boys, but the activities are designed to help them start thinking about who they are and who they want to be and to help them learn how to express their energy in new ways. With the youngest group, we set up role-playing scenarios that give them a chance to imaginatively think through what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations. This helps them develop social and emotional skills like cooperation and impulse control, and it also builds cognitive skills like problem-solving and abstract thinking.

Thanks,

Kelle Taylor, Director

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