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“My passion is to lift up those in my community so that they may have an opportunity to receive the health care they need; mainly to whom have labor jobs and tend to have the highest injuries and sickness.”

“It made me feel good to know that someone believes in me and wants me to be successful.”

(FACES Students)





The New FACE of Healthcare

FACES for the Future Summer Medical Academy is BACK for 2015!!

FACES for the Future is excited to announce another year of its amazing program for high school students interested in a career in health care!

Bay Area – Oakland, CA
July 6 – 17

San Diego, CA
July 13 – 24


2014 starts off with an article in the SF Chronicle!

FACES for the Future Students

FACES was thrilled to see our students, alumni and professional mentors celebrated on New Year’s Day in the San Francisco Chronicle!  Written by Stephanie Lee, the piece highlights the work we do with underrepresented students who have an interest in health care, public health and mental/behavioral health careers!
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About the FACES for the Future Coalition

FACES for the Future Students

The FACES for the Future Coalition is a collaborative of statewide programs, all based upon the FACES model, working to address health equity for all communities through the training and empowerment of young people. FACES for the Future is a comprehensive approach to student learning and well-being. A pipeline education program focused on transitioning youth into the health professions, our programs create tomorrow's health leaders by offering health career exploration, academic support, psycho-social intervention and youth leadership development. Our Coalition works together to refine best practices, exchange resources, and provide a foundation for shared opportunities for the youth we serve in all our locations.
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FACES Summer Program Featured on NBC Bay Area Proud

NBC Bay Area ProudDr. Magaña says, like most physicians, he began his career believing that treating illnesses would be the way he would save his patients lives. But then Dr. Magaña, a pediatrician, began practicing medicine in inner-city Oakland.

"The leading cause of death for adolescents is trauma, followed by homicide, followed by suicide," Dr. Magaña says. "That's very hard for a pediatrician, because I'm trained for pathology."

Dr. Magaña soon realized if he was going to save lives, he would have to broaden the ways he did it. So in 2000 he started what is now the Faces For The Future Coalition.

read moreTo see what Faces does, and how Dr. Magaña uses his own personal story to inspire young, at-risk teens, watch Garvin Thomas' story on NBC Bay Area Proud.


The FACES Program Gains National Recognition

FACES Program on NBC Making A Difference

Dr. Tomás Magaña, Founding Director of the FACES Coalition, was recently featured on NBC Nightly News’ “Making a Difference” segment for his work in improving the lives of at-risk youth through education and career training. Dr. Magaña explains his reasons for creating the FACES program model, and in another video, shares why there is an imperative to build a healthcare workforce through training and empowerment of youth.

read moreTo view the news segment and read the accompanying article on the NBC website, click here.


What Undocumented Students Really Look Like

At FACES for the Future we work with all kinds of high school students from across the state of California. Sometimes that means supporting a young person who is undocumented in finding a pathway to college and a career in the health care industry. Considering that California represents 25% of the undocumented immigrants in the nation, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Despite misrepresentations in the media, most undocumented students are hard working and show tremendous resiliency in achieving high school graduation and preparation for college.

Recently FACES for the Future Coalition staff attended a training presented by Educators for Fair Consideration. E4FC provides valuable information for educators, families and students who need to learn more about what is and is not available to undocumented students. 

Download a PDF from E4FC that provides basic information and other resources to learn more about how documentation affects college bound students.


FACES for the Future highlighted in Diablo Magazine as a 2012 "Thread of Hope!

Dr. Tomás Magaña and the FACES for the Future program are highlighted in the December 2012 edition of Diablo Magazine! An event to celebrate those featured will take place on December 6th  at the Orinda Theatre. 

Congratulations to the East Bay’s “Threads of Hope” for 2012!

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The Importance of FACES for the Future Programs in California’s Rural Communities

With so much attention given to the challenges faced by young people in our nation’s cities, it can be easy to overlook the needs of students in rural America. If we examine FACES for the Future – Imperial Valley as an example, it becomes clear why continued investment in rural students interested in health careers is a necessity for California.
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