AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Climbing to the top: Steps to persuing higher education and the heath sciences
Project type(s) Community Service,School Service
Date completed 01/2006
Chapter San Francisco State University
Project Coordinator Shacy Rivera
Summary of project Minority, women, low-income, and at-risk student populations are disproportionately represented within the health sciences. This project addressed the issue by encouraging students at one local high school whose demographics represented these populations to aspire opportunities available through higher education, with a focus on pursuing the health sciences. Pre-medical students implemented a one-hour presentation to high school students consisting of three components: 1) A power point presentation highlighting the importance and benefits of higher education pursuits, particularly in the health sciences, as well as available resources such as pre-college programs that will help with such endeavors; 2) Q & A panel discussion with pre-medical students speaking about personal experiences pursuing higher education within the health sciences; and 3) An essay contest that provides high school students the opportunity to reflect on what was learned from the presentation and that provides a scholarship to be used for higher educational purposes.

Content area Other
Number of participants 6
Participant hours involved 42 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 545.00
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We spoke with a college guidance counselor who made the announcement in classrooms.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions We would like to target more schools and increase the presentation time to enable us to enhance our presentation by including an icebreaker and a step-by-step timeline of the preparation/application process for college and medical school (emhpasis will be

Comments Overall this was a great start for the first time completing the project. We would love to reach more schools and students, and raise more money through fundraising to cover the cost of resources and scholarship.