Chicago Celebrates National GEAR UP Week 2016
Chicago GEAR UP celebrates National GEAR UP Week along with the rest of the nation. Stay tuned this week as Chicago highlights our achievements. Each day Chicago will focus the lens on an aspect of the GEAR UP program. We'll also shine a light on the extensive collaborations that have been developing with healthcare partners.
Chicago GEAR UP: Blazing a Trail in Healthcare in Chicago
This year for National GEAR UP Week, Chicago is celebrating its partnerships with healthcare providers in Chicago. These partnerships provide GEAR UP high school students with direct access to healthcare career resources. This week three programs will be highlighted:
The Discovering Healthcare Careers program provides opportunities for high school students to job shadow medical professionals during a six week summer program.
Learn more about the program.
Why is the Chicago GEAR UP & Discovering Healthcare Careers partnership a win-win?
David Sperling, the Chicago GEAR UP coordinator for healthcare partnerships asks Maria Rivera, the founder of the Discovering Health Care Careers program, why the GEAR UP partnership works so well.
Here's what students had to say about the program:
Belen – Farragut High School
When I was in Medical Imaging...
When I was in Medical Imaging, I met a Latino parent whose daughter was getting an ultrasound. She began to speak to me in Spanish and told me how difficult it was to understand what was going on and how she was not comfortable asking questions. I told her about the purpose of our internship and she agreed that we need more Latinos who are bilingual in healthcare careers, and she thanked me for making her more comfortable.
Viviana – Hancock High School
The first department I shadowed in was Speech & Audiology...
The first department I shadowed in was Speech & Audiology. I am so impressed by how the audiologist is able to get children to pay attention. She used games and sounds to get them to participate. Seeing this reassured me that I do want to work with kids in the future.
Ashly – Roosevelt High School
My second week, I was in the Emergency Department...
My second week, I was in the Emergency Department. It was an amazing experience because I had the opportunity to meet Triage Nurses and an amazing Paramedic all of whom made me think about solutions to problems that I had never thought about before.