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WORKING ON THEIR FUTURE: Besides putting nearly 3,000 volunteers in South Coast classrooms in the past three years alone, Partners in Education also coordinates an innovative paid internship program for students ages 16-18 who are up against particular economic or academic obstacles. Sixty students a year are chosen for the unique “real world” experience in a line of work they have a passion for. Above, Dos Pubelos High School senior Bethany Fitch (right) works on a fashion design at Horny Toad Activewear.

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