Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC

by Latin American Youth Center
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Train 16 Minority Youth in Health Careers in DC
Elizabeth and Cindy with their acceptance letters!
Elizabeth and Cindy with their acceptance letters!

Dear Friend,

 

In the final months of the Teen Health Promoters (THP) program, two high school students were granted the opportunity to participate in the DC Health and Academic Prep Program with the School of Medicine & Health Sciences at George Washington University—a prestigious medical internship program.

Elizabeth and Cindy, both DC high school students, have proven that they have the passion, determination, and commitment to pursue a career in healthcare. Please enjoy the following letters from each.

 

From Elizabeth:

“Teen Health Promoters has exposed me to many different healthcare careers. At my internship at George Washington University hospital, I was able to see the daily life of a nurse, doctor, and other professionals that work in the hospital.

For example, one day I shadowed an Occupational Therapist. Her job was to teach a patient how to use new tools that will help the patient recover. Before entering the room I had no idea what an Occupational Therapist was and I never thought I would have an interest in becoming a therapist until that very day. I believe that day changed my life. As I was watching the therapist care for the patient, I got emotional listening to her patient story and how she felt hopeless to recover fully. As we were teaching her how to use new tools that will help her recovery, her eyes glowed with so much happiness. At the end of that day, she was so thankful and grateful.

Never would I have thought that things that most of us take for granted others desire to be able to do. It was self-explanatory why occupational therapists love their job. You are able to create change in a person's life and give them that sense of hope that they may have never had.

Teen Health Promoters expanded my understanding of health professions beyond the traditional route of becoming a doctor. Thank you, THP, for helping me decide on occupational therapy!”

 

From Cindy:

“Six years ago my family and I decided to move to the United States for me and my siblings to have a better education. I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to live in the United States because I heard so much good about the education systems here. Back home, we had to pay for school and the teachers weren’t trained. I had times where I used to cry to myself because I felt so sad that I had to leave my country and the friends that I grew up with all my life—but most of the sadness came from me fearing not knowing anyone in the United States. I remember thinking to myself: ‘I'm going to be a stranger.’

I grew up speaking French all my life so I didn't speak a word of English when I arrived. I was enrolled in a new school where I knew no one. It was very difficult for me because I couldn't read nor write as well as my peers. I was so ashamed and mad at myself for not knowing what was being said around me. When the teacher would call on me I wouldn't speak because I was afraid that the other students would mock me or judge me because I had such a thick accent.

One day a bunch of girls teased me until I cried because I didn’t know English. That awful experience motivated me to learn English and come out my shell. I started reading short stories on cereal boxes, listening to music, and only watching TV in English. In just three months I was speaking, reading, and writing English. With the right tools, I feel as if we can accomplish anything.

Applying to the Teen Health Promoters Program at LAYC has opened so many doors for me. Now I have a place that I can call home where I am free and can follow my dreams of becoming a medical professional.

In just a few weeks, I will be a part of the DC HAPP program turning my dreams into a reality. My experience as a foreigner has taught me that everyone has flaws and not to judge nor look down on anyone. I believe that you should treat everyone as equal no matter what language they speak or where they from. In the Teen Health Promoters program, we have a group of diverse students who speak many different languages and being a foreigner I am able to connect with them and share my story and motivate them to never give up.”

 

We are so proud of Elizabeth and Cindy for pursuing their dreams! Thank you for supporting Elizabeth, Cindy, and all the Teen Health Promoters through your generous donations.

 

Gracias,
Lori

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Cindy
Cindy
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THP youth with their GW hospital badges!
THP youth with their GW hospital badges!

Dear Friend,

Ten of our amazing Teen Health Promoter (THP) youth got selected to participate in a clinical internship at George Washington University Hospital! Through our THP program, these youth now have an amazing hands-on internship opportunity that will guide them in their future medical careers. THP Manager Nicole Conner writes about the partnership:

“George Washington University Hospital’s (GW) Department of Emergency Medicine has partnered with Latin American Youth Center to serve as a clinical internship site for the Teen Health Promoters since 2013. In February of this year, selected THP youth attended their first-day orientation at GW where they excitedly received their very own hospital badges.

This clinical internship offers youth the opportunity to shadow nurses and doctors in the emergency medicine department, providing participants a closely supervised clinical experience with a variety of health professions. For many of the Teen Health Promoters, the internship will be their first experience in a clinical setting, providing much-needed exposure to their medical fields of choice. THP staff work to provide opportunities like the GW internship to offer youth of color opportunities to pursue their professional goals in the medical field.

Ruby, a current THP youth, had always known that she had a passion for healthcare. When she found out about the Teen Health Promoters’ internship opportunities, she was ecstatic that she would be working in the hospital with patients—whether that was shadowing doctors or measuring vital signs. Ruby is most interested in helping patients as a Nurse Practitioner. As a leader in THP, Ruby, alongside nine of her peers, were selected for these exclusive internships. I am in no doubt that they will continue to grow, give back to their communities, and make the LAYC family proud!”

Please congratulate Ruby, Jahwill, Ermyas, Enna, Biyeshi, Cindy, Perpetua, Alexis, Elizabeth, and Diamond on their GW hospital internship placements by dedicating your donation to one of our amazing THP youth. Every contribution helps youth like Ruby achieve their dreams.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Gracias,

Lori

Ruby, our future nurse practitioner!
Ruby, our future nurse practitioner!
Alexis practicing vital signs measurement for GW.
Alexis practicing vital signs measurement for GW.
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Happy Holidays! Please see a message from Teen Health Promoters (THP) staff member Nicole Connor:

 

“On behalf of the Latin American Youth Center Teen Health Promoters, we would like to thank you so much for your generous gifts this year. Your charitable donation will now allow us to purchase much-needed supplies that will directly benefit THP youth. We’d like you to know that your thoughtfulness and appreciation is truly making a difference in the lives of so many which will help them prosper and fulfill their dreams.

With your support, we empower youth to pursue health careers, thereby addressing three prominent issues in the community:

   1)    A lack of access  to health information;

   2)    The high percentage of youth engaging in risky health behaviors; and

   3)    The lack of minorities in the health profession.

Again, thank you so much for helping these youth succeed in changing their community!

Best wishes during this holiday season,

Nicole" 

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All of the new THP youth!
All of the new THP youth!

Dear Friend,

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new cohort of Teen Health Promoters. These 15 new participants are now joined by one senior teen health promotor, Claudia, who will act as a mentor and leader to the other participants. See below for a letter from Claudia about her love of the Teen Health Promoters (THP) program:

 

During the fall of 2016, I was involved in a rewarding program which was the Teen Health Promoters. Through THP, I was able to develop social and communication skills because I was able to meet many people and give presentations. In this program, I was also able to learn basic clinical skills that will be beneficial to me because I want to pursue a career in the medical field and having knowledge on these techniques will be helpful in nursing school. I was capable of educating teens about sexual health and health issues and how they can prevent themselves [from getting STIs]. This program opened many doors for me because, I was able to get an internship at Unity HealthCare clinic and in the clinic I shadowed doctors and learned what the medical field will be like. It was a huge exposure of the medical field which gave more motivation and aspiration in accomplishing my goal as a health professional. I have been given so many opportunities as a Teen Health Promoter such as interning at Unity HealthCare clinic and being able to intern at the school of medicine of George Washington University during the summer of 2015. As of today, I am a freshman at Trinity Washington University majoring in Nursing also a staff member at LAYC as a  Senior Teen Health Promoter in which I am able to give back to my community and facilitate everything I learned  in the past to  the new participants and also contribute new ideas for the program. I appreciate The Teen Health Promoters because it allowed me to strengthen my biggest weakness which was public speaking and the exposure made me more motivated in achieving my goal in becoming a health professional. I wish to inspire many more students who have aspirations as well and be a role model for them as well. I appreciate everything that The Teen Health Promoters and staff member Nicole Conner has given me the opportunity to be a part of.”

 

We are so excited to have Claudia back to serve as a senior health promoter for our THP youth. Meet some of our new cohort members below!

 

Now, more than ever, our programs that serve youth of color are on shaky funding ground. If you believe that youth like Claudia and the new THP youth deserve opportunities, consider asking a friend or family to donate to this program. Thanks so much for your continued support.

 

Gracias,

Lori

JahWill
JahWill
Biyeshia
Biyeshia
Enna
Enna
Mykel
Mykel
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Destiny
Destiny
Alexis
Alexis
Diamond
Diamond
Jocelyn
Jocelyn
Gloria
Gloria
Ermyas
Ermyas
Ruby
Ruby
Perpetua
Perpetua
Brenda
Brenda
Cindy
Cindy
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THP student Vanessa at her DC HAPP internship.
THP student Vanessa at her DC HAPP internship.

Dear Friend,

LAYC’s Teen Health Promoters (THP) program affords our amazing youth some incredible internship experiences. See below for a letter from THP participant Vanessa, on THP and her internships:

"THP has been a very fun and motivational experience for me during the course of the 2015 - 2016 school year. In this program, I was able to learn new things that I didn’t know before on different health topics such as STI, HIV, abstinence, sex abuse, vital signs, fitness, and nutrition. I also got a chance to practice performing CPR. In addition, I was surrounded by my peers who were like my brothers and sisters to me because they taught me a lot and they wanted to pursue a career in the health field just like me. THP not only gave me knowledge and motivation, but it also gave me an opportunity to work as an intern at George Washington University Hospital as well as join a summer program called DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP).

During my internship at George Washington University Hospital, I was able to meet with health professionals that worked in different units in the hospital. These health professionals gave me tours of their units where they taught me about what goes on in the units, the medical equipment or rooms that they use, and how their daily routines work. I was also given an opportunity to talk to their patients as well as practice using basic medical equipment. This was a very interesting experience.

DC HAPP has been a very inspirational and enjoyable experience for me during the summer course. Various health professionals came to give a lecture on the health career that they work in, including a nurse, anesthesiologist, physical therapist, and pediatrician. These lectures gave me the determination that I needed to figure out what health career I wanted to pursue in the future. Furthermore, in DC HAPP, I was given the opportunity to get a real-life hands-on experience with different health skills, such as performing CPR again, intubation, suturing, and vital signs. I was also able to see and feel real body organs such as the heart and lungs. It was all a very exciting and fun. But above all of this, I got the chance to wear a White Coat which was an amazing thing because it made me feel like I was a real doctor (which I’m actually not). I would never ever forget the good times that I had in these programs because I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and done great things that others my age had never done before and I am so thankful and grateful to those who made THP possible for me and my peers to join this program. May God bless you all!!!"

Thanks so much for your support of Teen Health Promoters and youth like Vanessa. Our new crop of students will begin their THP journey in the next month! Please consider donating to support these youth. Just $45 outfits a young person like Vanessa with her own set of scrubs.

 

Gracias,

Lori

Students learning suturing.
Students learning suturing.
Vanessa and friend at their DC-HAPP internship.
Vanessa and friend at their DC-HAPP internship.
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Latin American Youth Center

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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