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Foundation staff assisted by Nex-Generation intern this summer


The Sheridan County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Jenna Pierson, Collyer, as their 2022 Nex-Generation Roundup for Youth, Inc. intern. She will serve the foundation in her internship role this summer.

Pierson is a senior at Quinter Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Jason and Renai Pierson.

Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., is a charitable, non-profit organization designed to fund, promote, and support educational projects, career development, and community programs focused on youth. High school and college students are matched with local businesses throughout northwest and north-central Kansas for both work-study opportunities during the school year and paid summer internships.

Students gain professional skills and broaden their perspectives on career options. Local businesses benefit by networking with youth, bringing fresh ideas to the workplace, and “interviewing” students for potential future jobs – all of which contribute to youth retention to our small, rural communities.

“We are grateful to the Nex-Generation program and its funders for allowing our foundation to once again be able to offer an internship position,” said Executive Director Karl Pratt. “We are excited to have Jenna help us with a number of projects this summer including the development of a social media calendar and content; photographing area events, businesses, and activities for use in web, print, and social media promotions; website and database management; and designing travel and relocation resources, to name a few.”


This is Pierson’s second year participating in the Nex-Gen internship program. In 2021, she served as an intern at Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney.

“This summer I’m excited to learn about the Sheridan County Community Foundation along with all the organizations that help local businesses, give grants and scholarships, and accept donations and then put back into their community,” said Pierson.

Seven other Sheridan County area businesses and organizations are providing Nex-Gen intern positions this summer, including Hoxie Recreation, Main Street Arts Council, Mauck Medical Clinic LLC, Prime Seed & Agronomy, Restore Physical Therapy & Wellness, The Sheridan Sentinel, and The Elephant Bistro & Bar.

To learn more about the Nex-Generation Internship Program, visit nex-generation.org or contact Jacque Beckman, executive director, at 877-567-7872, youth@nex-generation.org.

SCCF is an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City. The foundation seeks to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life of Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, contact Pratt at 785-675-1240, karlpratt.sccf@gmail.com, or visit www.growsheridancounty.org. Connect with SCCF at www.facebook.com/sheridanccf.

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