FACES for the Future San Diego is a comprehensive health careers pathway program that prepares at-risk high school students from City Heights in San Diego for careers that offer livable wages and upward mobility.
FACES for the Future graduated 62 students this year, our largest class so far. With 37% of them the 1st in their family to graduate high school, and 69% to be the 1st in their family to go to college, this is a fantastic achievement. Check out a note that one graduate sent to FACES Crawford Coordinator Warren McBride after graduation:
“…I can’t emphasize it enough: I’m really grateful for the fact that my voice was heard. I really wanted to shadow an OT professional, and you tried to accommodate our needs when I’m sure you didn’t necessarily have to either. FACES for the Future has definitely opened my eyes and gave me opportunities that I don’t think I would have the courage to seek for myself. But now that I’ve been given the experience of going through clinical rotations and volunteering at nonprofits, I feel more confident than I was before. So, thank you for making my dreams come true…”
To inspire youth to lead by creating innovative approaches to youth development, health careers preparation and wellness. Through their transformation, the face of health is changed.
The goals of FACES include:
- To prepare youth for the demands of college and a future career in health care
- To foster academic excellence through mentoring program
- To provide youth leadership development and advocacy
- To provide high quality service learning and outreach opportunities
- To address the psychosocial issues of each individual student through comprehensive assessment, prevention and intervention plans
- To establish an extensive network (“pipeline”) of educational, community, and medical partners who can provide continuous support of underrepresented minority students through their educational journey from high school through their professional training
- To promote parent participation and increase awareness of high school graduation requirements and college admissions requirements to assist parents in supporting their children
FACES Class of 2016 Graduation
FACES students, freshmen through seniors, come from City Heights, a large urban San Diego neighborhood where as many as 40 languages are spoken among its nearly 80,000 residents. It is a richly diverse community. A large portion of residents are foreign born, with a majority migrating from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Fewer than 50% of adults have a high school education, and 35% live in poverty. FACES students self select into the program.
1105 students have been a part of FACES- San Diego since inception, from 25 the first year to 333 in 2016-17.
6863 hours of hospital-based career experience
5144 hours of community-based career experience
(2011 – December 2016)
The FACES Program components include:
- Academic Guidance
- College and University Preparation and Tours
- Personal/Professional Growth and Character Development
- Team Building
- Community Rotations in City Heights
- Clinical Rotations at Rady Children’s Hospital
- Youth Leadership Projects
- Community Service Learning
- College Preparatory Courses
- College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) Courses