YMCA Health Careers Achievers
The Winston Lake YMCA Health Careers Achievers Program is a collaborative initiative with the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the Winston Lake YMCA, Northwest AHEC and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. This program annually enrolls 20 to 25 underrepresented minority high school students to participate in a four-week health careers program, including tours of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, researching major disease states, gaining exposure to the array of health careers and earning a CPR/First Aid Certification. At the end of the program, the students make presentations to the community about their research, thus not only educating themselves and their peers, but the community as well. The Winston Lake YMCA Health Careers Achievers Program began as a pilot program during the summer of 2010, initiated by two Wake Forest School of Medicine students, Tracy Cassagnol and Brianna Crosby, who were awarded Albert Schweitzer Fellowships. The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (formerly Student Services), the Winston Lake YMCA and Northwest AHEC supported the students by collaborating on the program. With this collaborative support, the students planned, developed and implemented the Winston Lake Health Careers Achievers Program.