With the goal of preparing a skilled diverse workforce that reflects our community, Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers area youth access to the Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP). SSJP students participate in a year-round paid internship that accepts students beginning in 10th grade, and continues through graduation. Students gain experience in some of the 60 different departments and teams at BWH. SSJP supports students with the college application process, provides SAT preparation and tutoring, and offers scholarships to graduating seniors with the financial support of Partners HealthCare.
On June 23, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital community and supporters of SSJP gathered at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School for the annual graduation ceremony of this award winning program. This year’s class of 95 includes 33 high school seniors, all of whom have enrolled in college including at Boston College, Tufts, Brown, Suffolk, Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts.
Alumni speaker Marianny Martinez (SSJP Class of 2012) eloquently described how participating in SSJP had a direct impact on her career choice. Now a nurse at BWH, Marianny advised students to follow their dreams and to know that the Brigham family is always there to support them. She also reflected on the many different nursing settings she had the opportunity to work in while in the program, providing a breadth of experience that was invaluable.
Keynote speaker Wanda McClain, the Vice President for Community Health and Health Equity at BWH acknowledged the tremendous support that SSJP receives from the Brigham and from Partners HealthCare. Both the financial support for program services and scholarships and the dedication of BWH mentors and volunteers are crucial to the success of the program and its students.
Over the past four years, Partners HealthCare has awarded over $1 million in scholarship funds to SSJP alumni. 73% of program alumni pursue health or science in college.
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