Cambridge Health Alliance’s Empowering Youth in Our Community class and the Helping Hands at Work afterschool club at Everett High School attended a field trip to Lesley University last month. With funding from the Department of Public Health, students toured a college campus and learned about life after high school, including applying for financial aid, choosing a major, and getting an undergraduate degree to then move on to medical or dental school. Students attending the trip were able to spend a day in the life of a college student, visiting a college classroom and eating a meal at a campus dining hall. The tour was given by an Everett High School alumnus who spoke to students about opportunities to commute from Everett to one of the many Boston-area universities. Youth attending the trip left feeling inspired to apply to colleges in the fall!
These classes are part of youth development programs within CHA's Family Planning Department. Participating students learn skills necessary to lead a healthy, empowered life during high school and beyond, including decision making, goal setting, and peer leadership. They also spread awareness to other teens on where to access health services in their community.
Pictured: Diego Velasquez, Helping Hands at Work club member