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As the largest private employer in Boston, Mass General has provided educational opportunities for youth for more than 20 years through science fair mentoring, paid internships for high school students and its annual summer jobs program. Through CCHI, Mass General has provides these opportunities to serve youth in grades 3-college with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Compared to other urban areas, Boston public school students have high rate (70 percent) of admission to two- and four-year post-secondary education. However, their rates of college completion are low. A Boston Foundation report found that only 47 percent of the class of 2005 had graduated six years later.
The evidence indicates that to succeed in college, youth need not only financial assistance, but also college preparation, peer support, mentoring, tutoring and jobs. The MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program encompasses all of these components. In 2012, Partners HealthCare announced a new scholarship program inspired by the MGH Bicentennial Scholars. At least 145 more MGH Youth Scholars will receive college prepation, peer support, mentoring, tutoring and a $5,000 scholarship each year for four years.
The 26 MGH Bicentennial Scholars graduated from the high school in 2012. All have been provided with the intense college planning and SAT preparation needed to select their current college. In addition, students have participated in paid internships and will continue to do so through their college years as a way to further explore the fields of health care and STEM and to develop important skills that will help them to be successful in school and work. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship each year they are enrolled in the program.
Lastly, keeping students in college requires more than just financial support. That’s why the Bicentennial Scholar and MGH Youth Scholar students are connected to on-campus tutoring, mentoring, peer support and opportunites for jobs at MGH that work around the students’ class and exam schedules.
MGH now supports four classes of college students. In the classes following the MGH Bicentennial Scholars, the college students are known as MGH Youth Scholars.
For outcomes, please see MGH Youth Programs.
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