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.
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 establish an extensive network (“pipeline”) of educational, community, and medical partners who support students through their educational journey
FACES students start the program their sophomore year and continue with their cohort until graduation. They reside in 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 with a large portion of residents who are foreign born, primarily migrating from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Fewer than 50% of adults have a high school education, and 35% live in poverty.
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
Health Careers Experience
What: Introduce students to a variety of health careers where they can envision themselves in a productive career in a health profession.
How: Connect students to health professionals who serve as mentors in work-based internships; expose students to professional expectations through field trips and alumni connections.
What: Support each student academically to reach their highest potential in high school, higher education and in career goals.
How: Work closely with teachers and school leaders to refer students to tutoring and provide students with academic/college advising; provide clinician and biotech panels and in depth career exploration and mentoring; offer enrichment activities such as field trips and skills workshops.
What: Advocate for and support students’ whole-child development.
How: Teach conflict resolution; provide mentorship and life skills training for all students.
What: Prepare students to become the leaders of tomorrow; train youth to be advocates, culturally competent members of society and strong voices for the underserved.
How: Provide enrichment activities designed to highlight policy issues, exposure to diverse patient populations, tools to improve oral and written communication and training to be peer health educators.