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Youth Job Program Launches at Lakeland
Jul 8, 2020 Share

A summer job program for local African American and Latinx youth will launch at Spectrum Health Lakeland on Monday, July 13.

The GROWTH program (Guided Real-World Orientation and Work Training at the Hospital) aims to respond to the shortage of African American and Latinx associates in clinical and nonclinical staffing by creating a career pipeline between Benton Harbor area youth and Lakeland.

Twenty students ages 16 to 19 will participate in the program, which emphasizes mentorship, professional competency and training, and health care career exploration in clinical and nonclinical spaces.

Students are matched with a Lakeland mentor and department of interest such as Safety and Security; Lakeland University; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Human Resources; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Lakeland Rehabilitation; Medical Oncology; Post-Surgical Care; Ortho/Neuro; Critical Care; the Emergency Department; St. Joseph Birthplace; Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging; or Nutrition Services.

The program also includes weekly debriefing sessions, a capstone project, and additional support for success.

GROWTH is a collaboration between Lakeland and area organizations and community partners including the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor, YMCA, Bridge Academy, powered by Michigan Works!, Benton Harbor area schools, and Whirlpool.

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