Dorchester teen Anne Joseph’s first day on the job last summer at Franklin Park Zoo also served as her first time inside. A student at the Jeremiah Burke High School, Joseph lives within walking distance of the facility.

Now, she knows the place inside and out after working as a Zoo Teen in the summer and a Zoo Ambassador during the school year, courtesy of the “5th Quarter of Learning,” a partnership between Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, and Boston After School and Beyond.

“It was very close to me, and it sounded fun to be able to work in the Zoo,” Joseph, 16, said during an interview on site last Wednesday (Aug. 2). “I’d say it’s changed me a lot because there are a lot of things going on in the world you don’t know about like animals going extinct. As Teen Ambassadors during the year, we got to raise turtles.”

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