¡Sí Se Puede! opens up world of health careers to teens
The students learn from H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine.
The LLU office of diversity organized the ¡Sí Se Puede! program for the third year. It was held from June 24 to 30 on the Loma Linda University campus.
Thirty-eight Hispanic high school students came from various cities in the south and southeastern regions of California.
These youth represented all the five counties of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (the Seventh-day Adventist Church owns and operates LLU). Some were juniors and seniors from Adventist schools, and others came from public high schools. Most of them were Adventists; others were Catholics from the Latino neighborhood of San Bernardino, with which LLU has been working for the last 15 years with programs such as Community Kids Connection.
All the students came in acceptance of the invitation from the office of diversity to spend a week at the LLU campus, being exposed to the different health professions Loma Linda University offers.
Some came from nearby, while others came from as far away as three hours, such as a family that brought their son and a friend from Calexico.
An orientation and luncheon was provided for them and their families in Wong Kerlee International Co
Brenda Garcia, left, holds the mouthpiece as Valeria Arias holds the air bag during a hands-on exercise.
nference Center the day before ¡Sí Se Puede! began.
Students that came from distant cities were received by local “Familias Anfitrionas”—host families—who shared their homes.
The week was planned to give the opportunity to the teens to be exposed to all the opportunities that LLU has for its students. Each day was packed with activities from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
They started the day with a devotional and breakfast. The rest of the days were spent in activities such as conferences; tours to various schools on campus; and visits to different clinics, the Medical Center, and laboratories.
The shadow program allowed the students to follow a Latino health professional and observe his/her practice.
Every day at lunch while they ate, the teens heard a motivational talk from an administrator of Loma Linda University or Loma Linda University Medical Center. Some of them shared personal experiences that encouraged the students to pursue their dreams, to overcome obstacles, and to become professionals in the areas of their choice.
The days finished with some fun and exercise time at Drayson Center.
The highlight of the week was the ¡Sí Se Puede! graduation, which took place in the Loma Linda Spanish Church. The students received diplomas.
A San Bernardino student was recognized for having won the $500 scholarship that was granted by the Campaign for College Opportunity.
A banquet followed the ceremony, where the students shared their experience at LLU with their families.
Several students asked if they could come back next year and took applications for early registration for 2008 for their siblings and friends.