In 2009, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RCH) launched FACES for the Future (FACES) with the goal of facilitating healthcare careers among high risk youth in an underserved community. FACES is a four-year academic and career preparation program in partnership with San Diego Unified School District’s Hoover and Crawford High Schools. At Hoover, students travel together as a cohort throughout the program, for both core academic classes and health related classes. At Crawford, they are together for their health-related classes only. Hoover and Crawford High provide core academics and, in partnership with CCTE, Project Lead the Way biomedical science courses. RCH provides hospital-based and community-based rotations, as well as school-based staffing.
The FACES program is structured around five program components: 1) health career experience; 2) academic enhancement; 3) psychosocial support; 4) personal development; and 5) alumni support.
Career experience in local hospital and community settings is a FACES highlight. As seniors, students participate in clinical rotations at Rady Children’s Hospital, choosing from 25-30 different departments and clinics, making for a truly unique exposure to careers in healthcare.
As juniors, students job shadow at a variety of healthcare and social services organizations located in City Heights. This experience fosters student ties with local agencies; increasing their understanding of local resources and sense of community engagement.
Each FACES student receives the assistance and support needed to reach their highest potential not only as a high school graduate, but also in creating a vision and plan for achieving career goals through higher education. Academic Enhancement components include:
- Specialized Curriculum
- After School Tutoring
- Study Skills Training
- PSAT/SAT Workshops
- College & University Campus Field Trips
- College Application Workshops
- Financial Aid Workshops
- Scholarship Application Support
All FACES students complete the Resiliency Scale for Children and Adolescents which measures the vulnerability and resilience of each student, and informs the selection of various challenges to target. In addition a Needs Assessment is used to guide case management and referral services offered to all students. FACES advocates a solution-focused, student-empowering approach to resolving conflict with others, teaching students to identify solutions on their own rather than become reliant upon others to solve problems.
FACES students work to create a personal vision with high yet attainable goals for their future. Students work individually with FACES staff for problem solving and access to resources. Workshops aimed to enhance personal growth and leadership development include:
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Resume Writing
- Developing Personal Statements
- Communication Skills
- Ethical Principals
- Personal Character
- Conflict Resolution
- Ropes Course
Support for FACES students continues past high school graduation. Alumni events are held during summer and school breaks. FACES alumni and staff are working together to provide support throughout the college years and transition to the work force.
Cheri Fidler – Director, Center for Healthier Communities
Cheri Fidler is the Director of the Center for Healthier Communities at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, her employer for more than 27 years. Ms. Fidler has extensive experience designing, initiating, managing and evaluating both large-scale community health programs and targeted health improvement initiatives. She has led the Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) to serve as the hub for the Hospital’s community health improvement strategies since 1996.
CHC and Ms. Fidler have been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for facilitating practical and successful community health outcomes and for mobilizing individuals, organizations and systems to combine forces to create healthier communities for children. Among other appointments, she serves as Health Domain Chair for the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative; was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Leadership Council of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work project; was appointed to the Child Advocacy Council for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions; and received the Outstanding Community Partner Award from (San Diego) Community Health Improvement Partners.
Susan Lovelace – Program Manager, Center for Healthier Communities, Youth Development
Susan E. Lovelace has been a program manager in the Center for Healthier Communities at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego since early 2008. She currently manages programs in oral health and youth development, including FACES for the Future San Diego. In addition, her B.A. in Communications, and background in writing and editing, proves helpful in assisting with newsletters and publications for the Center for Healthier Communities as a whole.
Alexandra Ayala – Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Hoover High School
Alexandra Ayala graduated in 2013 from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She is studying for a Master’s degree in social work, with a goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. She has served in many capacities with the Center for Healthier Communities, currently as a Program Coordinator.
Carolyn Winn – Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Hoover High School
Carolyn Pinces is a Program Coordinator for the FACES for the Future Program at Hoover High School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and minor in Theatre from UCSD and several years of experience in health education, reproductive health, and program management. Prior to her employment with Rady, she held a variety of roles at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and forged a partnership between the organization and the very program she currently coordinates! Most recently she traveled through Latin America and Europe for 1 year with her partner. Carolyn is excited to join the Rady Children’s Hospital team and provide opportunities for young people to realize their full potential.
Alicia Wood – Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Crawford and Hoover High School
Alicia majored in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. After college, she started work at Braille Institute in Anaheim running the after school program for blind and visually impaired children. After moving around Orange County and Long Beach for several years, she transferred to Braille Institute in San Diego where she worked until 2016. In June 2016, she graduated from CSU Long Beach with a Master’s in Emergency Management.
Warren McBride – Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Crawford High School.
Warren McBride is the Program Coordinator of FACES San Diego at Crawford High School in San Diego. Warren brings a long and varied background of working with adolescents, including teaching art, safety and violence prevention and tobacco cessation, and outreach and parenting skills for young fathers.
Warren previously worked at Rady Children’s Hospital from Feb. 2002 to May 2006 where he designed and established the Juvenile Hall Wellness Team. He then served as the program’s Coordinator. Still running today, the Wellness Team provides health and wellness education and counseling to youth in a juvenile detention setting.
Susan Lovelace, Program Manager
Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5073
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-576-1700, ext. 3745