Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center Launches New Internship Program for Teens

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Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center recently launched a new Internship Program for teens in treatment for chemical dependency, emotional and behavioral health issues. The Internship Program is designed to allow youth to explore different career paths while being mentored by successful and sober writers, actors, musicians, artists, athletes and other positive role models.

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to do hair and make-up for a television show. I couldn’t believe it when my counselor told me that I was going to get to Intern doing make-up for something that’s really going to be on TV.

Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center recently launched a new Internship Program for youth receiving treatment for chemical dependency, emotional and behavioral health issues. The program allows youth to explore different career paths while being mentored by successful and sober writers, actors, musicians, artists, athletes and other positive role models.

One youth, Mary M. describes her experience as life changing. “For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to do hair and make-up for a television show. I couldn’t believe it when my counselor told me that I was going to get to Intern doing make-up for something that’s really going to be on TV. “ She went on to state, “I worked on a new MTV show. I got to shadow the hair and make-up artists on the set and even did some of the actors hair and make-up. Everyone, including the lead actress took time to sit with me and talk about my life. They really seemed to care.” She added, “Now I realize, there are a lot of possible things waiting for me. I just have to do the work to create the life and career I want.”

According to Dr. Jeff Nalin, co-founder of Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center, http://www.echomalibu.com , Mary’s reaction is not unique. “We have a lot of youth very excited by the options that are being presented to them through the Internship Program. “ He went on to state, “Good treatment is not just about taking drugs away from young people. It’s about replacing the drug use with something positive; it’s about helping people find the rewards of living a life free of chemical dependency and/or emotional difficulties. Too many youth equate sobriety with boredom, when in fact just the opposite is true.”

Cole Rucker, co-founder of Echo Malibu Youth Treatment Center adds “We have been surprised, and delighted, by the number of people in the entertainment and sports industries who have been enthusiastic about allowing teens to intern. These are busy successful professionals who are graciously taking time out to meet the needs of the young people we serve. Clearly they see value in the program, but more importantly they see great value in these youth. “

Echo Malibu Teen Treatment Center is the premier treatment program for youth struggling with chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral issues. To learn more about the Internship Program or other components of the treatment program visit the web site at http://www.echomalibu.com.

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