The Thompson Development Alliance (TDA), a non-profit organization, has launched a long-term internship and career development program for graduating senior students from the five high schools in Sakala District, Bong County.
The TDA initiative, which is aimed at exposing students to job opportunities, was launched by Assistant Mines and Energy Minister William Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of TDA.
The students’ internship program will benefit more than 150 graduating senior students in the area of career development.
Mr. Thompson said his organization will implement the program through the collaborative efforts of various employable entities in the Salala district.
Mr. Thompson told newsmen in Totota that selected students will also benefit from other financial aid while on the program.
"This program is aimed at easing the economic needs of 12 graders as well as the urgent need to build the capacity and boost the confidence of the students in the job environment," Mr. Thompson said.
According to Mr. Thompson, the program will capture graduating senior students from the five high schools in the district and will be vetted in a competitive, free, fair, and transparent manner.
He said all applications will be accepted through the office of the Majors of the various cities.
The TDA's is expected to open a bank account for each student at the bank in Totota where their enumeration will be paid.
"This will help expose them to the significance of the banking system for their personal benefit," Mr. Thompson said.
The Thompson Development Alliance is a grassroots development movement that has been in the vanguard of fostering sustainable development across the Salala District since 2011, according to CEO Thompson.
The TDA has been instrumental in associating itself with Liberia Engineering and Geo-Tech (LEG) consultants to attract grants from the US government for the installation of avoidable renewable energy to over 40 households in Totota, Bong County.
This was a landmark achievement for the people of the district as it was the first of its kind to be initiated in any part of the county at the time.
Due to the urgency of expanding faster to reach out the grid to most of the population, the TDA in association with LEG Consultants selflessly ushered in the Totota Electricity Corporation (TEC).
Up to date, the TDA has continued to support the TEC in an effort to sustain the grid and it is making a frantic effort working with TEC and LEC to provide additional electricity expansion to other communities that have not been captured.
The TDA also has a scholarship program running for the youths of Salala and Yelequelleh Districts which has been the biggest scholarship scheme in the districts since 2014.
The scholarship program benefits many students ranging from kindergartens, universities and technical institutions from different schools in the district and other parts of Liberia