The FACES for the Future South Alameda County Program is a partnership between Alameda Unified School District and Alameda Hospital (Alameda Health System). The program officially launched in Fall 2016 in partnership with the FACES for the Future Coalition. The FACES South Alameda County program provides a multi-year healthcare internship and leadership development program for AUSD students. The program will support entry into healthcare professions through internships, workshops, academic support, college preparation and wellness support.
Health Careers Exploration
- Clinical and non-clinical rotations with local healthcare and community-based agencies.
- 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 professions.
- Interaction with health professionals who regularly present during classroom workshops to enhance healthcare preparatory curricula.
Academic Support and Enrichment
- Health careers preparatory curriculum, covering topics such as HIPAA, 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.
Wellness Support and Psycho-Social Intervention
- 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.
Youth Leadership Development
- 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.
Dayan Zakrzewski, Program Coordinator
Dayan Zakrzewski is the Program Coordinator for FACES for the Future in Alameda County. Dayan graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s in Public Health Science. Afterwards, she pursued a career in the medical field as a behavioral therapist and clinical medical assistant in Urgent Care and Dermatology. During her free time, she volunteers at her community’s local crisis center and as a humanitarian aid in Nicaragua, Poland, and Ukraine. Dayan values the importance of mentorship, compassion and lifelong learning and hopes to support students in finding their own passions and pursuing their dreams. Dayan enjoys walking dogs, enjoying new foods with friends and hiking.