Sociedad Latina interns graduate
The 2011 Sociedad Latina interns have completed their year-long internships at BIDMC and Sociedad has honored the medical center as a Champion for Education and supporter of the Mission Possible! College Access program.
"We would like to recognize Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a key partner in our work to promote college access and success among Latino and African American youth in our community," wrote Executive Director Alexandra Oliver-Dávila.
Located in Mission Hill, Sociedad Latina provides programs that promote community and educational opportunities for youth and their families with the over arching goal of "ending destructive cycles of poverty, health disparities and lack of opportunity in our community."
BIDMC is a long-time supporter of Sociedad Latina hosting a total of 25 students to date through the organization's Health Careers for Youth Program.
"It's wonderful to see the Sociedad Latina students grow in their jobs throughout their year at the medical center," said Emily Beck, Program Administrator for Workforce Development. "BIDMC is committed to helping develop the next generation of health care professionals and programs like this give us a direct line to youth right in our community."
The 2011 interns include Luilli Guzman, who worked in Health Care Associates. He will be attending Roxbury Community College and hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare field. "I'm grateful to Sociedad Latina because of all the opportunities it's given me, like working in a hospital," wrote Guzman.
"Sociedad Latina has taught me to take the initiative towards success," wrote Judith Herrera. "It's given me a glimpse of how big this world actually is, versus the same urban neighborhoods we're usually exposed to." Herrera also spent the year at Health Care Associates. She is a certified medical assistant and is interviewing for a full-time position.
Franklyn Vasquez interned in orhopedics. He'll be working at Dana Farber's CURE program this summer before attending Bunker Hill Community College in the fall.
Dylan Mitchell worked in surgical specialties and will be attending Foundation Year at Northeastern University starting this summer.
Lauri Goutier spent the year working in the staffing department in human resources. "At Sociedad Latina I learned to never give up. I started to give up on the college admissions process, but every time I went to Mission Possible! I got good advice," wrote Goutier. "They brought my confidence and morale back up." Goutier has been accepted at Pine Manor College for the fall.