A Community Investment in Equitable Pathways

RISE for Youth is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Rochester branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) designed to help Black and underrepresented students transform themselves from youth with potential to competitive and empowered talent entering the workforce. The program aims to create new pathways for success by providing students with critical educational and leadership skills, training and long-term mentoring for successful careers in health care, science and beyond.

Why RISE for Youth is needed

All young people have potential, but not all of them – particularly Black and other underrepresented students – have the opportunity to realize it.

According to the State of Minnesota Employment and Economic Development report, there is a huge employment gap between white college graduates and minorities such as Black/African Americans, Hispanic and American Indians. This lack of equity, diversity and inclusion in education and employment harms us all – depriving organizations and communities of the unrealized potential of future leaders and changemakers.

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RISE for Youth seeks to bridge that gap, empowering generations of competitive talent whose diversity of ideas and perspectives will make our businesses, communities and futures more successful.

RISE for Youth has two tracks:

RISE Up is a four-week program that provides employment preparation for post-secondary education students. Participants will examine health care careers and will be partnered with mentors from Mayo Clinic and the surrounding community. Through discussions and exploration of leadership and professional development topics, students will gain insightful knowledge, hands-on experience and professionalism skills.

RISE High is a four-week program that engages high school juniors and seniors in a pre-college readiness program designed to enhance opportunities for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. Participants will examine health care careers and will be partnered with mentors from Mayo Clinic. Through discussions and exploration of leadership and professional development topics, students will gain insightful knowledge, hands-on experience and professionalism skills.

The following topics will be explored in both tracks, with content and activities developed as appropriate for each group of participants:

Leadership Development

  • Servant leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Wellness

Community

  • Ways to give back
  • Volunteering
  • Mentoring

Academic Enrichment

  • Test preparation
  • Application strategies
  • Financial aid process

Pathways

  • Trends in health care
  • Shadowing experiences
  • Mentoring experiences

Career Exploration

  • Medical project management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare IT

Learn more about RISE Up and RISE High in this video:

RISING above racial disparities and barriers to opportunity

Many Black and underrepresented students face barriers to accessing the very programs that can help them achieve their dreams. RISE for Youth gives them a fair shot, with access to transportation, school supplies and equipment, and stipends to cover the cost of not working so they can more fully participate.

RISE for Youth seeks to bridge that gap, empowering generations of competitive talent whose diversity of ideas and perspectives will make our businesses, communities and futures more successful.

Application process

RISE Up and RISE High welcome applicants from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences including African American, Hispanic, Native American/American Indian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students. Additionally, students who have demonstrated an interest in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in education, health care or another related area are eligible to participate.

The application process will be open from November 15th through February 1, 2022. Please check here for application details.

Selection of students in the program will be done by representatives from the NAACP, Barbershop Talk, the Diversity Council, the Somali community, educators and other community partners.

This is just the beginning.

As participants complete the program, they, in turn, will become the leaders and changemakers who will work to further reduce racial disparities and break down barriers for those that follow, creating a cycle of progress with the ultimate goal of creating equal, and sustainable, opportunities for all.

And as positive change takes shape, Mayo Clinic and the NAACP hope to expand this program to an enterprise and national level.

It may also inspire other community organizations to engage in similar programs to improve diversity in education and employment.

Partnerships

Mayo Clinic and the Rochester branch of the NAACP welcome opportunities to collaborate with businesses and community organizations dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

To learn more about becoming a mentor or community partner, please visit the NAACP website at www.naacprochester.mn.org or email us at RiseforYouth@mayo.edu to be added to our mailing list.