“The Experience” at LVHN Makes Summer a Learning Season for Building 21 Students

Building 21 Allentown celebrated the 2018 Summer Work Experience at Lehigh Valley Health Network on Wednesday, August 1st.  Students joined with mentors, LVHN leadership, and family members at a graduation event where they shared results of their work through poster presentations.

The Experience was offered through the financial support of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. Edward F. Meehan, MPH, Executive Director of The Trust, addressed the students that evening by applauding their outstanding work and encouraging them to stay committed to educational opportunities as they continue their high school career.

Sixteen Building 21 Allentown students worked in departments across Lehigh Valley Health Network for four days per week this summer and joined together one day per week for leadership and professional development programming. 

“This summer program is a natural extension of our ongoing community partnership with Building 21 Allentown,” said Kerri Green, Education Consultant at Lehigh Valley Health Network. “We were extremely excited to host these students and see this program as an innovative approach for our organization to invest in the region’s future health care workforce.”

“Research is clear that summer enrichment programs can have a huge beneficial impact on student learning and outcomes,” remarked Jose Rosado, Jr., the School Leader at Building 21 Allentown. “We are very appreciative of the support that we have received from the community to make these opportunities possible for our students.”

“The Experience has been great fun and a new work experience for most of us,” said Candice, a student participant who served in the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s finance department. “I didn’t think I would ever have the ability to work at the hospital at a young age, and I’m glad I’ve gotten the chance to spread my knowledge on what I was thinking of pursuing in the future. I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of a great program for upcoming seniors.”

Another student, Luis, who worked in the radiology department at Lehigh Valley Health Network encouraged future participants by saying, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it in the long run.”

 

 

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