AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Alcohol Awareness and Careers in Healthcare Middle School Presentation
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 04/2005
Chapter Claremont McKenna College
Project Coordinator Victoria Scott
Summary of project Our goals included gaining experience educating and provoking changes in the harmful behavior of middle school students. Also, we hoped to educate students who probably would not have otherwise received exposure to information and discussion about careers in healthcare. In order to achieve these goals, we arranged to go to an afterschool care program for middle school students in an underserved area of Southern California. We made large jeopardy boards and played an alcohol jeopardy game with statistics that convey the dangers involved with drinking alcohol. These statistics were found on various websites. Then, we had a cookie decorating activity that involved seven different stations with a different cookie decoration at each station (e.g., frosting, various types of sprinkles, M&M’s, and marshmallows). Also at each station was a club member with a description of a career in the healthcare field (these were found on AMSA’s website). Students were given two cookies each and divided into small groups that spent about five minutes at each station talking about a healthcare career and then adding a decoration to their cookie.

Content area Community and Public Health
Number of participants 50
Participant hours involved 16 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $65.00
Project funding AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We didn't need to advertise at the school because students attend the afterschool care program everyday. Within our club, we sent out emails and talked about the project at a few meetings in order to find club members to participate.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions It was very difficult to find a school that would allow us to come in to do a presentation. Using resources on our college campus with outside contacts was the best approach to solving this problem. Also, kids love food. It really helped keep them invo

Comments This project turned out really well. The kids loved it and club members had a lot of fun as well.