Founded in Oakland, California in 2000, the FACES for the Future program was conceived as a direct response to two significant problems facing underserved communities:
- A lack of support and opportunity for at-risk youth seeking options to improve their lives through education, career training and healthy choices
- A lack of diversity in the health professions that directly contributes to worsening health disparities in underserved communities
FACES for the Future addresses these goals by connecting schools, health professionals and community benefit organizations. Jointly they provide a cohesive system of support for youth that includes internships in hospitals and health agencies, academic support, wellness training and psychosocial intervention when needed, and youth leadership development.
The FACES program demonstrated positive impact and successful outcomes during its twelve year history at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland by using best practices in adolescent medicine and innovative pedagogy. Given its recognized success, FACES for the Future programs were established in other regions of California. To date, more than 800 students have been served by FACES programs statewide since the program’s inception.
WHO WE ARE
The FACES for the Future Coalition, established at the Public Health Institute in 2011, is an extension of the effort that began when the first FACES for the Future program was established in Oakland, California. The FACES Coalition supports a collaborative of national programs, all based upon the FACES model, which work 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. Focused on transitioning youth into the health professions, FACES programs create tomorrow’s health leaders by offering health career exploration, academic support, psycho-social intervention and youth leadership development.
Coming together to replicate the success of the original effort, Coalition members, comprised of all FACES programs, have united around a common mission, set of guiding values and body of work that utilizes Four Key Elements:
- Health Careers Exploration
- Academic Enrichment
- Wellness Support
- Youth Leadership Development.
WHAT WE DO
The FACES for the Future Coalition is a project of the Public Health Institute. The Coalition’s staff and national headquarters are located in Oakland, California. The FACES for the Future Coalition works with communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by assisting with development and implementation of a tailored FACES program. FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent care, innovative pedagogy, and community engagement. Taken together, the FACES model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities.
The FACES Coalition team supports youth workforce development in the health sector by
- Providing continuous capacity building and technical assistance support to existing and emerging affiliate FACES programs.
- Engaging in strategic replication of the FACES model throughout California and the nation.
- Refining and enhancing the FACES program model, standardizing evaluation practices, and developing curriculum that supports the creation of innovative health career pathways for youth.
HOW WE DO IT
The FACES Coalition team builds and supports programs by bringing together key stakeholders in education, healthcare industry, and community benefit to develop new, integrated and holistic approaches to workforce training, academic enrichment and leadership development to address urgent challenges facing at risk youth and the healthcare workforce.