FACES at St. Rose Hospital, Hayward
The FACES for the Future at St. Rose Hospital program (FACES St. Rose), located in Hayward, CA, provides a 2-year healthcare internship/leadership program for students in the 11th and 12th grades. The program supports entry into healthcare professions through classroom training, internships, tutoring, mentoring, college preparation and psychosocial support. The program inspires youth to complete demanding academic courses, assist them in applying for higher education while equipping them with the professional skills needed for success. FACES St. Rose alumni receive counseling support, assistance with internship/job opportunities and academic guidance soon after completing the high school component. This extension of services allows the program to support enrollment and retention of program graduates in higher educational institutions and assistance with enrollment into partnering mentoring programs.
FACES St. Rose reaches out to socio-economically, disadvantaged youth in Southern Alameda County who are at risk for dropping out of high school and who have been exposed to poverty, violence, family dysfunction, language and cultural barriers. Our proven leadership methods introduce public health and community building principles that encourage students to meet their achievement goals beginning in high school. FACES St. Rose students are able to put “principals into practice” by becoming involved in community events throughout the county that promote healthy lifestyles and positive social change.
Of note, youth in the program’s service area are some of the most socio-economically, disadvantaged youth in the County, many of whom are at-risk for school drop out. Many live with families who are unemployed and/or receiving public assistance. Additionally, only 45% of socio-economically disadvantaged youth in the Hayward School District passed the California High School Exit Exam in 2009, and Hayward high schools had a lower percentage of disadvantaged students who passed the exam than countywide or statewide statistics for similar students.