About Our Program

Lifespan Workforce and Youth Development offers practical work experience, mentorship under professional career experts, training and education strategies. 

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Meet the Lifespan Workforce Development team

Lifespan Workforce and Youth Development provides the opportunitiesinspiration and education to help you find your career in health care.

We offer various youth development and employment programs that serve different career interests. Explore all of the opportunities and find one that works for you.

Workforce STAT (Solutions, Training and Teamwork) CNA Program

Workforce STAT features a series of interconnected educational training and support services. The program was designed by and for Rhode Island’s growing health care industry and will meet health care industry needs by transforming, in an accelerated manner, a group of unemployed and underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders into a prepared, well-qualified certified nursing assistant (CNA) workforce to care for patients.

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Summer Youth Employment Program

summer youth graduatesLifespan Workforce & Youth Development employment program is designed to promote career exploration and youth development. The program offers an eight-week paid summer employment experience at a Lifespan hospital or Lifespan Corporate Services to teens 16- to 19-years old.

When they graduate in August, our summer employees take with them a wealth of personal and professional experience. Some youth even gain permanent employment. Lifespan also stays in contact with the teens beyond the summer to continue career counseling.

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Youth CNAs: The Seacole Scholars Program

The Seacole Scholars Program, named for pioneering nurse Mary Seacole, is a summer employment opportunity for high school students who have their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licenses. This program is run by Rhode Island Hospital's nursing department and operates as part of the Lifespan Summer Employment Program.

Each year, Lifespan hires young people to work as CNAs for seven weeks during the summer. Accepted youth work four days a week on the nursing units, and spend one day each week attending Lifespan Youth Development training.

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Prepare for Your Career and Volunteer

Adrianne Walsh, volunteer services manager, explains the impact hospital volunteers have on our patients.

When you volunteer you are giving something back to your community by lending a helping hand to people and organizations. What you may not realize is that volunteering also benefits you as an individual. There are many good reasons to get involved in the community, including learning something about yourself. Lifespan offers volunteer opportunities for both teens and adults.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, Lifespan is the place to visit. Youth are especially encouraged to volunteer during high school and college. Volunteering will earn you references that can help with your job search, and college application process. The skills you gain during an internship will also be beneficial in your future career.

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