In 2017, the Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George established its annual "Adventures in Health Care" program in which annually some four dozen high school students, from across British Columbia, spend four days in Prince George experiencing opportunities in post- secondary education, applied training and career options in the health sciences in northern British Columbia. This past spring the program was recognized with a Healthier You Award for Youth Initiative of the Year
Unfortunately, success created a problem. There was more demand for the program than could be accomodated, with many being turned away. Although the project has great potential it is not scalable. There is a limit to providing the quality of program that had been developed. There is only so much room in each group that allows for front row, hands on experiences. Fortunately, the program format can be easily replicated.
"The goal of the program has created a bit of a monster, we call it the tsunami effect. We are unable to expand the program to meet the demand while maintaining the integrity of the program"
As a result, Yellowhead Rotary decided to regionalize the Adventures in Health Care program starting in 2020. By regionalization, they are sharing their experiences and encouraging other Rotary clubs to host the program in their region, as opposed to one program for the whole Province of British Columbia.
Yellowhead Rotary has developed a ‘package” of documents that will be of interest and some guidance to Rotary clubs who are interested in replicating the Prince George model; a TOOL KIT.
This is an exciting new opportunity for Rotary to reach into their own community and make new connections while providing a service to not only youth but society at large.
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