Teen Health and Success Conference focuses on self-esteem, professional networking

July 18, 2014

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, July 21, Simon School of Business Rotunda, University of Rochester’s River Campus; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, Staybridge Suites, 1000 Genesee St.

WHAT: As part of the Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP) at the University, over 80 students will attend a two-day conference focused on skills and planning to reach personal and professional goals. The conference, “Your Vision, Your Future,” has three focal points: cultivating relationships, building self-esteem, and developing strategies for successful employment. Students will hear from Paul Burgett, vice president of the University and senior advisor to the president, on July 21 at 11:30 a.m. Reporters are invited to talk with students throughout the conference, and in particular, as students craft a statement about career aspirations and future goals on July 22, 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ABOUT THSP: The University of Rochester Medical Center’s Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP) was launched in 2009 to provide urban youth at risk of high school dropout with employment opportunities at the University. Studies show that high school graduates live healthier lives and have lower health risks overall. As a way to increase graduation rates within the Rochester City School District, THSP partners with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) to provide academic resources, life skills development, and job training to students. Additionally, the program includes free tutoring, career shadowing, monthly enrichment learning sessions, college preparation, wellness programs and career coaching.

There are at least 120 students enrolled in the THSP program, placed at 47 different work sites across the University. The program has an 82 percent employment retention rate and a 100 percent graduation rate among the students hired through the program.

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