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Youth Empowerment Program


To apply, fill out the application, write an essay and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member. For more information, contact Lisa Trujillo at 505-272-3362 or at

The Youth Empowerment Program provides teens the basics on pursuing a career in health care in a yearlong after-school session and three-day summer intensives with pros from UNM Health.

After-School Health Careers

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which is open to high-schoolers 15 to 18 years old, is free and open to students who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. In addition, Albuquerque Public Schools students who complete the program can earn a half-credit toward graduation.

From learning about human anatomy and how to check vital signs, to earning certification in CPR and first aid, you’ll learn skills that can help you with your future studies, as well as in your everyday life. As part of YEP, students are also required to complete 36 hours of community volunteerism.

The program runs from September through April, and students meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 4-6 p.m. Students and/or their families are responsible for transportation.

Summer Intensives

Each three-day program is designed to give 15- to 18-year-old students an idea of the kind of path and work it takes to become a health care professional such as a pediatrician or a surgeon. Each intensive includes health care simulations, hands-on experiences and discussions with professionals.

This summer, UNM Health will hold the following intensives:

  • Surgery on July 25-27, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Students will have an opportunity to learn about anatomy, physiology, general surgery skills such as suturing, and much more. Several discussions on health issues will be part of the program covering topics such as nutrition, chronic health conditions, health prevention, labor and delivery and more.
  • Pediatrics on Aug. 1-3, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Students interested in finding out what it’s like to work as a health care provider for children have a chance to learn from professionals who work in the field every day. You’ll learn about the special skills and knowledge needed to care for babies and children, and you’ll learn about the roles of nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Students will take care of a “baby” called a Ready or Not Tot during the intensive. They also will learn about reproductive health, anatomy, physiology and more.
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