Coney Island

New joint vocational program addresses youth issues, provides career paths

June 28, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CONEY ISLAND — A NEW JOINT VOCATIONAL PROGRAM BETWEEN SOUTH BROOKLYN HEALTH AND LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS aims to improve job-readiness skills for young people. NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn, located in Coney Island, has launched the South Brooklyn Health Collaborative Action for Resilience + Empowerment = Success (SBH C.A.R+E=S), which is a first-of-its-kind venture that began with a pilot program during the 2023-2024 academic year. The school year pilot program focused on students and alumni of Liberation Diploma Plus High School, a transfer high school for “at-risk” students in Coney Island.

South Brooklyn Health Public Affairs and Human Resources staff developed an educational series and selected administrative and clinical leaders to instruct students each month at the high school on topics ranging from substance abuse disorder, gun violence, teen pregnancy, financial literacy and wellness. They also explored career options in radiology, laboratory work, finance, medicine and medical informatics, which integrates engineering and applied sciences to improve medical information management.

Currently enrolled Liberation Diploma + High School students and alumni were screened and selected by the high school and placed at South Brooklyn Health for paid internships in select departments, including nursing, laboratory, radiology and finance.

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