Bret Harte partners with WayUp and UC Davis

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Bret Harte Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders recently visited UC Davis Medical School as a capstone fieldtrip to a trimester-long “Health Sciences Careers Exploration” project.

The Youth & Family Resource Center (YFRC) at Bret Harte partnered with Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer’s WayUp Sacramento initiative, the UC Davis Health System and Sacramento State nursing interns to inspire students to “think big” about their futures by exposing them to careers in the health sciences profession and teaching them about what it takes to get into those positions.

The three-pronged project began with in-class lessons on six of the 100-plus careers in the health sciences field. Sac State nursing interns on their community health rotation developed and presented interactive “career chats” over a three-week period. In the second phase of the project, students each selected and completed a research project on one career, where they were asked to explore the roles and responsibilities of that career, the education and training requirements, whether they could see themselves in that career, and why or why not. This piece of the project not only allowed students to explore career options, but to begin to contemplate their futures tangibly.

On November 20, the students, their teacher and the YFRC Coordinator boarded buses sponsored by WayUp and spent the day sitting in the lecture hall at UC Davis Medical School, where future doctors and nurses learn each day. They were introduced to Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Dr. Daniel Acosta, along with practicing professionals in physical therapy, pharmaceuticals, medical school and more. Students were able to use their minds, bodies and imaginations to delve deeply into the health sciences professions.