As a nation and society, we often unfairly view youth from underserved communities through a deficit lens. Frequent terms used to describe these young people include “at risk” and “marginalized,” referring generally to young people who face situational circumstances that we believe will inevitably lead to their personal and professional failures. Labeling youth as “at-risk”… [Read More]
FACES programs celebrate our Scholars’ achievements by honoring them through ceremony and public recognition. One such important rite of passage that is celebrated in all FACES programs is our Blue Coat Ceremony. Modeled after the White Coat Ceremony that traditionally marks a student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences in many health professional programs, the FACES Blue… [Read More]
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“Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I am truly honored to be here with you this evening. Reatha (Program Coordinator) has been with your students every step of the way and has been very instrumental in facilitating this program in a positive manner. So I would like to say thank you to Reatha and the entire FACES… [Read More]
FACES for the Future students in San Diego are a special part of the Rady Children’s Hospital family. When I first met Dr. Tomás Magaña in 2008, I was inspired by the work he had been doing and the students I met in Oakland. My intention was to develop a similar program for a group… [Read More]
In June 2016, twelve FACES for the Future students, each representing a FACES program from across California (San Diego, Hayward, San Francisco and Oakland), traveled to Washington DC to participate in our inaugural Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS). Read the various blogs from FACES Scholars who participated in the Summit and learn how that experience… [Read More]
Often, I’ll hear someone ask in a diversity conversation, “Why do we need to start so early in order for students to succeed? Why high school?” My response is simple – because we are losing too many valuable diverse candidates with lived experience before and during college. How do we expect to benefit from all… [Read More]