The FACES for the Future Program at John O’ Connell High School (JOCHS) is located in the Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. The program started in 2015 in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District. The FACES program provides a 2-year healthcare internship and leadership development program for JOCHS students in the 11th and 12th grades. The program supports entry into healthcare professions, including public and behavioral health careers, through internships, workshops, academic support, college preparation and wellness support.
FACES San Francisco serves socioeconomically, disadvantaged youth in San Francisco who are at risk for school attrition and who have been exposed to life challenges, including poverty, violence, family dysfunction, language and cultural barriers.
- Clinical and non-clinical rotations with San Francisco Department of Public Health agencies, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Laguna Honda Hospital.
- Exposure to one-on-one relationships with Internship Supervisors who provide support, guidance and hands-on training.
- Interactive Workshops and Field Trips designed to further immerse students in the health and public health professions.
- Interaction with health professionals who regularly present during classroom workshops to enhance healthcare preparatory curricula.
- Health careers preparatory curriculum at John O’ Connell High School, covering topics such as HIPPA, ethics and confidentiality, safety, and professionalism.
- Individualized academic and career support to high school students via one-on-one advising and tutoring.
- College pathways support in helping search for college, apply and receive financial aid.
- A Psychosocial Program focusing on counseling and education.
- Ongoing case management, psycho-social referrals to appropriate services when appropriate.
- Individualized Life Coaching and academic plans.
- Strong commitment to engaging parents and families in all aspects of the FACES program via parent meetings and phone conferences.
- Regular personal growth workshops focused on experiential learning about self-advocacy, assertive communication, healthy and unhealthy relationships, stress management, and other relevant topics.
- Team building activities and support experiences.
- Working with and supporting youth to seek out leadership opportunities in FACES as well as their schools and neighborhoods.
Veronica Sanchez, MPH, Program Coordinator
Veronica Sanchez is the Program Coordinator for FACES for the Future Coalition. She plans and coordinates FACES for the Future activities in San Francisco.
Veronica is a native of the East Bay Area with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with underrepresented communities. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health at San Jose State University and a B.S. in Community Regional Development and B.A. in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis.
She has over ten years of experience working with culturally diverse communities in the Bay Area, and has advocated for social justice health equity in multiple arenas. She is committed to supporting the educational and professional endeavors of young people.
Veronica Sanchez, MPH
FACES for the Future San Francisco
555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (415) 760-0734