The partnership between Jewish Home’s Geriatrics Career Development (GCD) program and the Columbia School of Nursing (CUSON) was featured at the University of New Mexico International Mentoring Conference held on October 22. GCD Program Director Toni Sexton and two colleagues from the Columbia University School of Nursing presented a workshop about the mentoring partnership between Jewish Home’s afterschool initiative for at-risk teens and the Columbia nursing students.

GCD student reflections shared at International Mentoring Conference

A highlight of the workshop, Diversifying Future Generations of Healthcare Professionals: Fostering Relationships between At-Risk High School Youth and Columbia University Nursing Students, was a video created by CUSON which captures the students’ perspectives about their participation in the program.

One current GCD participant called the program,  “A window to the healthcare field.”

You can watch the video here:

The GCD Program, in its 9th year, provides New York City high school students with an opportunity to pursue healthcare careers. Each year 200 students from underperforming high schools or who face other barriers to success commit to a three year program that teaches them about the healthcare field, provides academic support, SAT coaching and even college visits. When students graduate the program – and 98% do – they have earned a certificate in one or more of the allied health occupations including Medical Coding, Certified Nurse Assistant, CPR, Electrocardiography and Phlebotomy.

The CUSON student mentors participate as part of their community rotations which give them experience in local healthcare. The nursing interns provide clinical training to GCD students, share undergraduate college experiences, and discuss their personal journeys in pursuit of a nursing career. The partnership with Columbia University provides GCD participants with opportunities to train on state-of-the-art equipment with current CUSON students from a variety of nursing specializations including anesthesia, and midwifery.