The Community Health and Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success (CHAMPS) (formerly called FACES for the Future) supports minority high school students interested in health professions. This three-year internship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland combines a comprehensive academic program with career planning and clinical shadowing experiences. CHAMPS is a collaboration with local high schools, health care academies, colleges, universities, medical schools and residency programs.
The program begins in 10th grade. Students earn an academic letter grade and high school credit for their participation and written work. They receive classroom education and training relevant to health care; academic tutoring; and college preparation activities, such as SAT prep, help with writing personal statements, and financial aid workshops. Psychosocial needs are also addressed, with students benefiting from one-on-one case management.
Each CHAMPS student participates in six- to eight-week clinical rotations in various hospital departments. Senior students present capstone projects that incorporate their internship experiences at the hospital, community clinics and private medical offices.
In 2014, we received the Linked Learning Employer Champion Award for commitment, leadership and success in offering opportunities to students through the program. CHAMPS is made possible in part by the California Wellness Foundation and Warriors Community Foundation.
- Academic guidance and support
- Case management
- Health care education
- Hospital and other health care internships
- Psychosocial services
- Association with the UCSF Benioff Oakland adolescent medicine team
- Oakland Unified School District
- Berkeley Unified School District
- University of California, Berkeley
- Volunteer program of Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital
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