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High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Alumni Get the Chance to Explore Health Careers

Most high school students don’t get to spend their Monday watching open heart surgery – but that is exactly what some of the 2012 High School Latino Leaders in D.C. alumni got to do on a recent visit to Mt. Sinai Hospital, located in New York City. On Monday, December 8, 2012 Stephanie Revilla, Melina Hernandez and Sabrina Moreno participated in a Career Day sponsored by Mt. Sinai Hospital, a sponsor of the 2012 High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program. The students shadowed various employees at Mt. Sinai Hospital and met with administrative and medical staff who shared their success stories and gave them a behind the scenes tour of the hospital. The visit reinforced lessons that the students learned during the summer to D.C. with CHCI.

“I was so inspired by the stories of the professional’s we met at the hospital. Their stories of resiliency reminded me that I can be anything that I want to be,” explained Stephanie Revilla, a senior at The Bronx School For Law, Government, and Justice who has aspirations of being an attorney. “I have been going [to Mt. Sinai hospital] since I was a child and seeing it from another perspective was so exciting.”

Melinda Hernandez, a senior at Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders, walked away with an extra dose of pride about her Hispanic heritage. “The staff who we met reminded us to work hard and believe in ourselves,” said Melina Hernandez. “It was inspiring to meet Latinos who faced similar challenges that we face and are now leaders in their field.” Dr. Raja Flores, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center is one of those leaders. Through his own personal story of success, he helped the students visualize what their future could look like with extra effort on their end. “He reminded us that we are not a product of our environment, and that we can be especially successful if we pursue a path full of higher learning,” shared Melina.

“Career day at Mt. Sinai Hospital reminded me of my experience in the High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program. We were exposed careers that I had no idea existed,” explained Sabrina Moreno, a junior at Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design. “While we were touring the hospital, we came across various departments including the surgical, rehabilitation, and intensive care unit centers and we were able to dress up in scrubs.”  

CHCI is grateful for Mt. Sinai Hospital for their commitment to and continued relationship with the next generation of Latino leaders.

The CHCI High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of founding sponsor, StateFarm, and the official airline sponsor of the Leadership Development Programs, Southwest Airlines.