Dear Future Health Professional Supporter,
Thank you for your continued support of the Teen Health Promoters program at the Latin American Youth Center. With your support in 2013-2014, we helped 14 low-income high school students explore a health career and become healthy living advocates for their peers. We are excited to share that one of our 2014 graduates, Whitney, started classes last week at Northern Virginia Community College where she plans to major in Biology. Whitney dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer. Through the Teen Health Promoters, Whitney completed a clinical internship at The George Washington University Hospital where she explored healthcare in the emergency room, physical therapy clinic, and practiced CPR and phlebotomy in the hospital's skills lab. Her participation in the program helped her win a New Futures scholarship for college. You helped make Whitney a success story. Thank you!
We are now gearing up for a new cohort of eager high students interested in health careers. Meet Nicole, a former LAYC participant, and the program's new coordinator. Nicole hails from Detroit, Michigan and first came to LAYC as an intern with other community health programs. She then applied for and was accepted to LAYC's AmeriCorps program, where she completed one year of volunteer service on the health team teaching middle school students about healthy lifestyles. "I am excited to lead the Teen Health Promoters program and apply the fun and positive teaching methods I learned as an AmeriCorps member at LAYC," Nicole shared. Nicole is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in public health at the University of the District of Columbia.
With your support over the summer, Nicole began recruitment for the program in mid-August for an early October start date. Your contributions will help us purchase stethoscopes for the group, but we still need to purchase scrubs, blood pressure cuffs, and raise funds for CPR certifications and TB testing for the clinical internships. Will you help us inspire another group of young minds to pursue health careers? Please consider making an additional donation to our project and asking friends to do the same.
Thanks again for your generosity and continued support! We'll introduce you to the class of 2015 later in the fall.
Thank you for your continued support of the Teen Health Promoters Program at the Latin American Youth Center. With your help, 14 aspiring health professionals have learned about a variety of health topics, gained clinical skills, and are interning at area clinics and hospitals. Your donations have helped pay for TB testing, required to work in a health setting, and transportation to and from the internship sites.
Of the 14 youth in the program, seven are placed at The George Washington University (GWU) Hospital where they have supported the Emergency Room, physical therapy, and cardiology units and have frequently served as patient interpreters (Spanish). The photographs in this update are from the hospital's skills lab, where the youth reviewed protocols for administering CPR, taking vital signs, and drawing and transfusing blood.
In a few weeks, the program will end for the 2013-2014 school year. We want to thank you for believing in this group of youth and investing in their future. It has truly been a great year. Thanks to you and our clinic and hospital partners, we have provided youth a hands-on opportunity to explore a health career while learning how to keep themselves and their peers healthy.
Some of the participants are graduating high school and will go on to college; others will surely come back in the fall for another year of health careers exploration. We hope you will support the program then too.
Thanks again for your support this year!
The Teen Health Promoters Class of 2014
Thank you so much for your support to date! With your help, 14 future health professionals completed the sexual health phase and have begun clinical skills training. Your contributions helped pay for certification, practice equipment costs, and scrubs! Thank you!
Before the winter break, the Teen Health Promoters wrote and performed a three-act play titled, the Lives of Relationships: Consent, Communication, and Connection. The play presented common scenarios between young couples, including a vignette of a conversation over cell phones.
In early January, the participants started the clinical skills phase to prepare for their internships at local clinics and hospitals. Thus far, they have become CPR and first-aid certified and have learned to measure vital signs. Next, they will receive a special workshop on HIPAA regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Soon after, they will begin their clinical internships at The George Washington University Hospital or at several community clinics. Thanks to your support, they will look the part in brand-new scrubs. Photos coming soon!
To support their experience through the internship, we matched each youth with a health professional that shares her/his health interests. For Daysha, a future pediatrician, that means corresponding with Elizabeth, a third-year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine who plans to specialize in pediatrics. And Fanny, a future nurse, has begun her mentorship with Kenyatta, a registered nurse at The George Washington University Hospital. The youth will meet with their mentors at monthly events, and email or talk on the phone weekly.
Thanks again for believing in these youth. Your contributions make a real difference. Stay tuned for updates and pictures from the clinical internships.
Thank you for believing in our project and investing in LAYC’s Teen Health Promoters Program. We are excited to introduce you to the fourteen future health professionals in this year's cohort. From nurse to anesthesiologist, this group has big dreams! Watch this short video to see what each one of them hopes to become.
The program kicked-off in October with the knowledge acquisition phase of the program. The youth are learning about sexual wellness and the different career pathways in the health care field. Sexual wellness topics include safe sex, birth control, refusal skills, and reproductive anatomy among other topics. In exploring career pathways, the youth are learning the steps needed to become health professionals, from the courses they should pursue in high school, to admission requirements for different post-secondary programs. In the next weeks, they will learn about nutrition, fitness, mental health, substance abuse prevention, and clinical skills.
In the spring, they will be ready for clinical internships where they will shadow health professionals and learn how the front- and back-ends of a community clinic work. In the meantime, the Teen Health Promoters will complete 3-4 community outreach events and will reach over 500 peers with their peer-to-peer sexual wellness advocacy.
We will send you pictures and updates from the program periodically. If you have a friend that may be interested in what we are doing to prepare the next generation of minority health professionals, please share our project with them.
Thanks again for your support!
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