PASS IT ON: MGH Youth Scholar Nathalie Garcia accepts
the symbolic baton passed to her by Elizabeth Centeio
THE STARR CENTER at the Schepens Eye Institute was filled with nearly 300 people on Aug. 17 for the Summer Jobs and Youth Programs Celebration. Attendees, including MGH staff members, volunteers and student participants, were celebrating another successful year of providing 148 local youth and college students with job opportunities and inspiration to pursue health and science careers. The MGH’s Center for Community Health Improvement annually organizes the summer jobs program in collaboration with MGH and Partners Human Resources.
Gaurdia E. Banister, RN, PhD, executive director of the MGH Institute for Patient Care, was the event’s guest speaker. Banister told the students that she understands the obstacles and challenges they face. “I have been where many of you are today,” she said.
Program participants Ambar Salomon McField and Elizabeth Centeio told the audience how their work at the MGH influenced their lives. 18-year-old Salomon described how a chance encounter with a patient during her summer job inspired her to become a nutritionist and attend Wheaton College in the fall. 20-year-old full-time student and full-time mother Centeio worked in the hospital’s Pulmonary Critical Care Unit this summer. She plans to follow her passion to become a physician after her pre-med studies at UMass Boston and continue on to medical school.
Christy Egun, director of MGH Boston School Partnerships, then announced that in the fall the MGH High School Program will offer more in-depth knowledge, research and employment opportunities, and will have a new name: the MGH Youth Scholars Program.
Recruitment for MGH staff to volunteer for Youth Programs in the fall is now underway. To join the more than 200 MGH volunteers already involved, contact Joan McCarthy at 617-724-3210.