Young Women Learn About Health Care Careers At Advocate Trinity Hospital
Chicago, IL- Trinity recently held a graduation ceremony for the students who participated in the hospital’s “Pathways to Health Care Careers” program. This group of motivated young women represents Trinity’s inaugural class. The purpose of the program is to provide positive youth development, work-based learning experiences and career exploration in the health care field. The afterschool program helps create a positive learning environment and provide supportive services to 60 young girls per year (grades 9– 12). Program components include job readiness training, team building, leadership development, and mentoring, as well as opportunities for volunteerism and service learning.
Michelle Gaskill, vice president of nursing, spoke at the graduation ceremony recalling her journey in the health care field and offering the girls advice as they continue their education. “You have to set goals for yourself and keep aiming higher. Identify what you want for yourself and go after it,” she said.
“I enjoyed all the hands-on learning opportunities. I was able to watch deliveries and participate in ultrasounds. It was great,” said MeShel Allen, a program graduate. “The program’s goals are to provide career development support that encourages high school students to pursue careers in health care and to promote positive youth development by encouraging ongoing relationships with caring adult allies and peers. I believe we achieved these and I am extremely proud and thankful to everyone who helped pull this program together at Trinity,” said Jackie Rouse, community health manager.