University of Rochester

EVENT: Teen Health & Success Conference for RSCD Students at URMC

August 2, 2013

DATE, TIME, PLACE: Monday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in LeChase Conference Room #G-9576, and Wednesday, Aug. 7, 11a.m. - 5p.m. in the Class of 62' Auditorium, Room #G-9425, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Parking Information: Please use GPS to address 415 Elmwood Avenue. Media can park in the Medical Research Building (MRB) parking lot, which is closest to the School of Medicine & Dentistry entrance. Parking vouchers will be provided on the way out. Please do not park in the URMC entrance "loop."

WHAT: Over 50 students from the Rochester City School District will attend a "Your Vision, Your Future" conference at the University of Rochester Medical Center as part of their participation in the University's Teen Health and Success Partnership program. The conference will address academic and job success, life and social skills, sex education, and tools to keep youth safe. Students will be welcomed by Assistant Dean for Medicine Education & Student Affairs Brenda Lee of the University of Rochester Medical Center at 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 and University Vice President Paul Burgett at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7.

The URMC Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP), launched in 2009, works with young adults from the Rochester City School District to create University employment opportunities for urban youth at risk of high school dropout. The THSP program at the University, which employs over 100 young adults from the Rochester City School District, provides opportunities for Rochester youth to develop life skills, lay the foundation for future employment, and engage with academic resources such as free tutoring and career shadowing.

There are currently three main areas of focus that fall under the Teen Health & Success Partnership umbrella:

Be Employed Be Successful is a Teen Health and Success Partnership program focused on increasing the less than 50% high school graduation rate of Rochester City School District teens. The program provides academic resources, life skills development, and job training, including free tutoring, career shadowing, monthly enrichment learning sessions, college preparation, wellness programs and career coaching.

Be Healthy Be Successful is a health literacy and health care resource connection program for Rochester's urban youth. Teens attend a health literacy seminar where they are engaged in learning to traverse the health care system. Teens requesting assistance are linked to health insurance and medical, dental and vision services. THSP staff mentor students, plan and implement seminars and connect teens to health services. They are also involved in necessary updates to program curriculum and development, presentations to teens, needs assessment, data analysis and connection to mentoring opportunities.

UR BOLD (Building Outstanding Leadership and Distinction) focuses on improving the 9 percent African-American male and the 11 percent Latino male graduation rate in the Rochester City School District. This program provides mentorship, resource connection, college immersion and skill-building seminars, which focus on personal development and career success.