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MGH Youth Programs

MGH Youth Programs aim to educate young people in Boston, Chelsea and Revere about health and science subjects, expose them to related careers and equip them with the knowledge and skills to excel in life and career.

CCHI's Youth Programs aim to educate local elementary, high school and college students about health and science subjects, expose them to STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and support them with the knowledge and the skills to excel.

CCHI Youth Programs provides 600 youth each year with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options. MGH takes a “longitudinal approach” that recognizes the value of fostering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and interests in young people across a broad age spectrum, from 3rd grade to college. Students from schools and youth-serving programs across the Boston area participate in a variety of age-appropriate programs.

STEM Clubs

In grades 3 to 5, STEM Clubs aim to develop excitement and engagement in STEM subjects, build confidence in students’ abilities to succeed in these subjects, and increase exposure to STEM careers. Senior STEM Clubs for Grades 6-8, hosted at Boys & Girls Clubs and the Murphy School, continue the engagement with hand-on science and greater exposure to technology. In the Science Fair Mentoring Programs for Grade 7&8, MGH mentors and the Journal of Emerging Investigators work with James P. Timilty Middle School students in Roxbury on science fair projects from concept to completion. 

MGH Youth Scholars

STEM programming for secondary school students is more intensive and comprehensive. With our partners, East Boston High School, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Revere High School, Chelsea High School, the Charlestown community and Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, the weekly curriculum on the MGH campus provides foundational learning for grades 9 through high school and beyond. The goal is to spark college aspirations and to understand the connection between a health or science career, and what it takes to get there. Summer enrichment in STEM curriculum takes place for students in STEM Camp through Wheelock College and the Efficacy Institute's Summer Success Program.

Community Opportunities

Job Shadow Day: This annual event provides students with an experiential glimpse into various careers at MGH. Job Shadow Day helps students gain awareness of the skills needed for certain jobs, identify career interests, understand the relevance of school to work and careers, and apply and develop the skill of interacting with professionals. In 2014, MGH hosted 100 Boston public school students.

Summer Jobs for Youth

Outcomes

In the 2012-2013 acdemic year:

  • 612 youth served across all programs and events, and 424 MGH Volunteers provided 14,896 volunteer service hours.
  • Developed nine new partnerships and/or programs to enhance the Youth Programs work with students, including a leadership workshop for high school males,  and a one-week intensive STEM CAMP for 9th graders with Wheelock College. These types of enrichment opportunities provide students in the MGH Programs with opportunities to expand their STEM education beyond the MGH environment.
  • Pre-employment and post-employment surveys indicate students felt positively challenged and engaged with the MGH Youth Programs, felt an increased sense of competency for learning and felt supported within the Youth Programs.
  • Pre-employment and post-employment surveys indicate students were taking steps toward planning for their futures and are communicating with supportive adults about their goals, and were enjoying their internships and shadowships at MGH and making professional connections.
  • 18 Science Fair students, mentored by MGH employee volunteers, competed at the City-Wide Science Fair.

Doctors, students become 'pen pals' with MGH mentoring program

The one-on-one mentoring program matched 25 10th-graders from Edward M. Kennedy Academy, East Boston High School, English High, and Fenway High with researchers and physicians from MGH.

Abdi Ali worked this summer as an intern in the Mass General Hospital OR. Read his story.

Meet Abdi Ali, an alumnus of East Boston High School and a student at Denison University. Ali participated in the MGH Youth Scholar Alumni Summer Program. Students applied to this new program that provided alumni/graduates of the MGH High School Program with employment and networking opportunities as part of their continued learning and professional development. Ali is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History and Psychology double major with Pre-medicine concentration.

Margo McGovern

Phone: (617) 724-3210
Email: MJMCGOVERN@PARTNERS.ORG