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 experts 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 Thursday of each month from 4-5:30 p.m. Students and/or their families are responsible for transportation.
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.