Teens in Public Service is a nonprofit organization that connects teens ages 15-19 to community service internships, and pays them for their efforts. A mother and daughter duo, Maureen Brotherton and Tia Heim, co-founded the organization after 16-year old Tia felt torn between earning money at a typical job and her desire to volunteer tutoring homeless children.

Since 1997, TIPS interns have been involved in health and human services, educating at-risk and disadvantaged youth, working with the homeless and improving the environment. The grant provided by KING 5 will fund two teen internships focused in two local human services nonprofits.

A recent intern with TIPS, Azia, greatly benefited from her internship at Soulumination, a nonprofit that professionally photographs terminally-ill children and adults with their families, for free, to preserve their memory.

“My TIPS internship at Soulumination [was] a wonderful challenge. Not only professionally, but personally. TIPS believed in me, their donors believed in me and Soulumination believed in me to trust me with this internship and I couldn't let them down. Little did I know "not letting them down" uplifted me in ways I thought I'd never see. Azia R, 2015 TIPS Summer Intern at Soulumination

Azia R., 2015 summer intern at Soulumination. (Credit: Teens for Public Service)