In partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the Boys & Girls Clubs, more than 25 companies and nonprofits stepped up to offer intern positions to 58 teens across Kern County.
Ariane Lane is one of those teens. She's interning at House of Flowers in downtown Bakersfield.
"Since I've never had a job before. I thought it would be the best experience for me before I get into the actual real world," she said, "to know what it's like to have a job."
Lane and the other interns went through nine weeks of job training, then two interviews before being placed at their job.
"Hard work does pay off," said Lane.
The teenager will work 20 hours each week, until the program is completed July 26.
"Our community," she said, "they actually care about teenagers and making sure that we're going to be successful later in life."