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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jewish Home Lifecare Youth Mentoring Program: Special Post

Learn about the Jewish Home Lifecare Youth Mentoring Program by clicking on to this website:

Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) is one of the leading and largest not for profit geriatric health and rehabilitation institutions in the country serving more than 9000 elderly annually with campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester. Integral to its mission is an intergenerational youth program for at risk high school students that has been in existence for over 20 years and had an average of 150 youth per year in our program.

Based on this experience, JHL created the Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program in 2006, a groundbreaking experiential youth work force development program providing high school students in the Bronx and Manhattan with academic support, intergenerational mentoring, college preparation, job training and skills that prepares youth to enter the healthcare field. Students leave the program with extensive knowledge about the field of health and aging, experience working with elders in Jewish Home's two 816 and 514 bed nursing homes, direct care skills, and exposure to the vast array of careers within a large health care institution.

The Health Professional Youth Mentoring Program will match youth in our on-line program with health care professionals to help support them with academics, college and career counseling, and personal development. The Mentoring Program and the GCD Program share the common goals of ensuring academic success and preventing high school drop out and ensuring that students have knowledge, experience and skills to make informed decisions about careers in health after high school graduation.

This program is an on-line based mentoring component with a requirement of four in-person meetings throughout the course of the nine-month program. Our students come from NYC public schools in Manhattan and the Bronx and have shown an interest in the healthcare profession. The majority of our students are African-American and Latino and are at-risk for failure. However, the structure of our program provides them with tutoring, SAT prep, internships and department lectures. The on-line mentoring program will be pairing each of our 60 high school juniors with a healthcare professional. These healthcare professionals can consist of doctors, nurses, med school students, social workers, medical billing assistants, dieticians, human resource specialists, speech pathologists, dentists, pediatric oncologists, etc. Basically, we are looking for any individual that works in a healthcare environment and can commit to weekly emails with their mentee and four in-person connections.

The coordinator of this program is Rebecca Meltz, Social Work Mentoring Intern, Jewish Home Lifecare, and she can be contacted at this email address:

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