Kaiser Permanente professionals and 45 Anaheim students from Cal State Fullerton's GEAR UP program will be getting a chance to meet, network and develop mentoring relationships Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the inaugural meeting of the P21 Mentoring Program.
P21 is a town-and-gown partnership involving the Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim's mayor's office, Anaheim businesses, Kaiser Permanente and CSUF GEAR UP.
GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Under the direction of Adriana Badillo, the program works with students beginning in junior high school through high school, creating a culture of college attendance and increased student achievement.
The Jan. 14 program is the first of four such programs in which 10th-grade students from Magnolia, Savanna and Western high schools will have the opportunity to explore healthcare careers; connect with potential mentors working in the fields of medicine, nutrition and healthcare IT; shadow professionals on the job; and participate in mock interviews. Other sessions are scheduled for Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for students to meet professionals working in the fields that they are interested in, and to get support and advice from those who know what it takes to go from high school, to college and into these types of careers," said Badillo.
Source: CSUF News