Youth Workforce Initiative Recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative and Chicago Tribune

November 2012

A priority of Michael Reese Health Trust (MRHT) has been to recruit, effectively support and prepare more of Chicago’s young people, particularly low-income minorities, for Chicago’s Healthcare workforce.  Given the need for health care workers and the projected range of health related jobs, MRHT has been partnering with several Chicago area institutions to address these needs, while seeking to better ensure economic security for participating youth.  

The ultimate goal of the Youth Workforce Initiative is to increase the number of the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) students graduating from high school, receiving certificates or degrees in health professions, and ultimately being employed as part of Chicago’s healthcare workforce.  

Link to Chicago Tribune CGI article which notes some of the 2011/12 results.   

In addition to general support for quality experiences for all CPS CTE health sciences students, MRHT is supporting an expanded partnership including the CPS CTE Department, Chicago Workforce Investment Council, and Health & Medicine Policy Research’s Schweitzer Fellows Program for a pilot project with five hospitals (Mercy, Northwestern, Lurie Children’s, Saint Mary and Elizabeth, and Saint Joseph) along with five high schools (Dunbar, Westinghouse, Sullivan, North Grand, and Kelvyn Park).  This is facilitating implementation of a full Student Development Continuum of activities for participating health sciences students from freshman through senior years, including job shadowing, internships, health speakers and site visits.  The hospitals were selected because of their commitment to youth and quality work with the CPS CTE students.

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