At Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) is an intensive year-round employment and mentoring program for students of Boston Public High Schools. With the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of young people of color in health and science careers, SSJP targets 10th through 12th grade students providing the opportunity to build skills and a career pathway in the health and science field. BWH employees provided intensive mentoring to students in a dynamic and professional hospital environment. Tutoring support is also provided to ensure the academic success of students in their science and mathematics subjects. Individualized assistance is given to students to identify their options for higher education and prepare college and financial aid applications.
SSJP is distinctive in that it works on three levels to improve community health:
- Contributes to educational achievement for young people.
- Enables employment opportunity in communities of greatest need.
- Increases the diversity of the health care workforce as SSJP students proceed forward in their careers.