Youth Health Corps
The Youth Health Corps (YHC) program is an opportunity for participants from Leeward coast high schools to spend time at WCCHC as a part of its Health Careers Training Pipeline. YHC teen members participate in educational, training and volunteer service opportunities through the Ho`olōkahi Department and within the infrastructure of WCCHC. The program includes mentorship by ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine medical students who share information and skills they have learned in their own training. This dynamic helps our teen participants learn new things and expand their concept of shared learning. Teens in the program have been able to learn such skills as how to suture, how to take blood pressure, Body Mass Index and other healthcare career skills. In addition, the teens also learn that it takes commitment to reach your goals.
The YHC program components are designed to increase awareness of health issues, involve participants in community education, and assist them in learning new skills, to provide them with support to access higher learning opportunities and to introduce them to career opportunities in the healthcare professions. This is all done through a model of learning which incorporates the teens learning through engagement & inspiration –YHC program infuses the curriculum with learning fieldtrips to many College campus such as UH Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and Leeward Community College. Fieldtrips also include cultural experiences such as Ka`ala Farms, Waipahū fishponds, and even been a high ropes challenge at Camp Erdman.
Each teen in the YHC program is involved in the Health Careers Shadowing/Mentorship component where they can explore a variety of health career professions via experiential learning placements in various clinics and departments at WCCHC. It is in this working organizational environment that the participants observe and assist healthcare providers from a variety of healthcare professions in actual daily work situations and be included in the operations of each site. Their site mentor, a practicing health professional, will provide oversight, instruction and hands-on activities.
The YHC participants also receive significant support to help them access higher education opportunities, specifically college application and financial aid. The teens are also given the opportunity to enroll in early admissions for college credit courses with Leeward Community College while still in their senior year of high school.