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CHA Community Health Youth Groups Prep for College at Lesley University
Posted Date: 6/18/2014

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 membe


Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.