Ninth Grade Counts Visits OHSU

08/13/12  Portland, Ore.

On August 7th, nineteen students from NAYA Early College Academy visited the OHSU Marquam Hill campus to learn about opportunities in health and science fields. They began the morning hearing from Native staff at OHSU, including staff from Dangerous Decibels and One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research. The mission of the center is to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems and services among Native people.

Following the Native professionals, Equity Summer interns, a program offered through OHSU's Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for undergraduate students interested in research, medicine, or dentistry, led students through Brain In a Box, interactive, hands-on activities regarding the brain and its functions.

The group completed their visit with a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram to the South Waterfront District.

This was one of three summer visits by ninth grade students to OHSU and the Oregon National Primate Research Center as a part of Worksystems' Ninth Grade Counts program, which aims to prepare students for their first critical year of high school and beyond. Ninth Grade Counts is the first year program of Summer Youth Connect (SYC). SYC is a four-year series of interventions for targeted high school students during the summer months.

NAYA students