Friday, December 11, 2009

CCHI Youth Programs revamped and enhanced

The Center for Community Health Improvement's (CCHI) Youth Programs offer educational and career opportunities for local students. Recently, the programs were restructured to enhance their reach and positive influence on Boston youth. The changes reflect the emphasis on community health and well-being established in the 2007 revision of the MGH mission statement.

Under the new approach, the youth programs focus on fostering excitement among students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Programs also now include third- through fifth-grade students, who can participate in weekly activities such as lab experiments and tours of the MGH Building for the Third Century.

Through a new partnership with the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School, seventh-graders participating in the MGH Senior STEM Club meet twice a week to prepare for the U.S. FRIST LEGO League Robotics Competition and engage in one-on-one mentoring with MGHers.

The CCHI high school program now includes programming for ninth- and 10th-grade students with a curriculum designed to build knowledge in public health and policy. Students participate in formalized job shadowing and work with MGH mentors prior to participating in a rotating internship program at the MGH as 11th- and 12th-graders. Other enhancements include college preparation classes, increased parent involvement and service learning activities.

Student mentors, job shadow hosts and guest speakers are needed to support CCHI's Youth Programs. For more information, contact Joan McCarthy at 617-724-3210 or

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