Youth Stories - Isaac Berko
Isaac Berko is the epitome of what it takes to gain work experience. Knowing a career in politics would always fall in his path of goals to accomplish, Berko took the initiative and sought an internship position at Mayor Joseph Petty's office. With this being an unpaid opportunity, Berko knew he would capture an experience of a lifetime. Now that he has been working at the Mayor’s office for a few months, he is more aware of how a government functions, especially in a mayor-council form of municipality.
Berko hopes his position at Mayor Petty's office will open doors for him in the future. In spite of being young, he is confident that the youth in our community can bring positive change to the City and he hopes more people his age will be given similar opportunities like his at City Hall.
At the age of six, Berko emigrated from Ghana and found it difficult to fit in and transition into the American school system. However, it was through the guidance of Police Officer John MaHan in elementary school that inspired Berko to be a strong voice and advocate for tolerance and acceptance. Officer MaHan’s impact has encouraged Berko to pursue a career in law enforcement and fight for justice.
Growing up, Berko spent most of his time playing basketball at the Friendly House, which has played a major role in his life. The positive influence Friendly House has made gives Berko the desire to serve the community that has given him so much. Berko is currently a volunteer coach for a youth basketball league, where he is recognized for his great sense of leadership and outstanding work ethic.
This fall, Berko intends on rerunning for Class President, where he hopes to incorporate many aspects of his internship into the Presidency, if elected. As a recent sworn in member of the City of Worcester Youth Council, Berko main goal is to promote youth empowerment and advocacy. With a busy school year ahead of him, Berko will apply for college and make the best of his senior year.