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Youth education program receives
The Mid-Carolina AHEC Center, part of the South Carolina Area Health
Education Consortium (AHEC), received one of four national Youth Health
Service Corps (YHSC) grants awarded this year to recruit and educate
students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups,
about opportunities in the health-care field. The grant was provided by
the Northwestern Connecticut AHEC and the Learn and Serve America
Corporation and will help support the Health Careers Academy, a program
for high school students coordinated by the South Carolina AHEC.
While the Mid-Carolina AHEC Center based in Lancaster received the
grant, the program will be implemented in the Lowcountry, Pee Dee,
Upstate, and Mid-Carolina regions of the state, said David Garr, M.D.,
South Carolina AHEC executive director.
“This grant will promote academic achievement and community involvement
for students across South Carolina,” Garr said.
The YHSC program is designed to provide opportunities to 11th and 12th
grade students to assume leadership positions in their communities.
“Motivation is the key to success,” Garr said. “Once these young people
learn more about their career options and experience the satisfaction
of working on health-related projects in their communities, we
anticipate they will be eager to pursue careers in the health-care
field. South Carolina AHEC is the only organization in South Carolina
that works with elementary, middle and high school students with the
goal of encouraging them to consider careers in health care.”
Specifically, the AHEC Health Careers Academy students learn about
careers in health care and the importance of academic skill development
during 9th and 10th grade. Student-led projects and health-related
community service and internships will be made available to the Health
Careers Academy students participating in the YHSC during their junior
and senior years. The YHSC curriculum will provide the students with
step-by-step guidance that will help them develop leadership skills
that will be of service to their community.
There are AHEC programs in 47 of the 50 states. South Carolina AHEC was
among the first 11 established in 1972. The overall goal of the
nation’s AHEC programs is to connect students to health careers, health
professionals to communities, and communities to better health. Visit http://www.scahec.net.
Friday, June 13, 2008
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