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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.

Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE)

BRYTE began in 2006, recognizing that no child learns in a vacuum. Every child’s well-being, ability to learn, and life at home are deeply intertwined. For this reason, BRYTE commits to meeting with youth where they are and as they are.

BRYTE is a student-run organization that matches Brown students with recently-resettled refugee youth in Providence to provide one-on-one, in-home, academic tutoring and mentoring to refugee youth.

This service is one of many integrated services offered at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Refugee Clinic.

All Brown students involved in BRYTE participate in rigorous training on:

  • Safety
  • Mandated reporting
  • Social-emotional learning, history of refugee groups, culturally responsive teaching, etc.
  • Privacy and confidentiality of personal information (HIPAA)


Recently arrived refugees are generally the first matched, but BRYTE also works with refugees who have been in the United States for many years.

Careers in Health Exploration Day

Rogers High School students with a strong interest in health care careers are given the opportunity to take a field trip to Newport Hospital to observe a variety of professionals in action.

A panel of health care professionals share their career paths, present information about their roles, and answer students’ questions. The field trip is followed by a networking luncheon sponsored by Newport Hospital.


The career exploration advisor at Rogers High School selects high school sophomores and juniors who have an interest in health care careers to participate.

Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI)

In March 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo launched CS4RI to ensure that computer science was taught in every public school by December 2017. Lifespan joined as a program partner in the inaugural year of the program.

CS4RI partners with Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), a Microsoft philanthropies program that helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs. CS4RI pairs computer science professionals with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools.

This approach combines national leadership with home-grown talent to reduce barriers to providing quality computer science education and professional development.


Rhode Island schools must apply to have the TEALS program at their school. Once the program is implemented in the school, students can opt into the program and/or it can be offered for course credit. Eligible volunteers have computer science degrees or equivalent industry experience and a desire to give  back to the community.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Children benefit from early exposure to health careers and health care settings to stimulate interest in health professions. Modeled after the Groundhog Job Shadow Days launched by the Boston Private Industry Council in 1996 and BellSouth in 1997, and endorsed by America’s Promise, Lifespan Community Health Institute began offering a version appropriate for fifth-grade students in 2001.

Students spend a half-day at The Miriam Hospital learning about career pathways from human resources professionals and by touring departments, including the robotics lab, central sterilization, the blood center, and dietary services.


All fifth-grade students at the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Providence participate each year.

Lifespan Mentoring Program

In October 2015, the Lifespan Community Health Institute launched the Lifespan Mentoring Program as part of its equity-based community development strategy.

The Lifespan Mentoring Program pairs high school students interested in health careers one-on-one with Lifespan professionals as mentors. They work together to bolster essential skills in the academic, professional, and social domains. Mentor-mentee pairs make a two-year commitment to meet at least once a month.


The program currently enrolls students in the biotechnology career pathway at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, and the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College (RINI).

Lifespan School of Medical Imaging (SMI)

Initiated in 2004, the School of Medical Imaging provides students the knowledge and skills needed for careers in medical imaging and meets the medical imaging workforce needs by training prospective Lifespan professionals.

Clinical practice sessions take place at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Westerly Hospital.


Entrance into the program requires admission to Rhode Island College as a medical imaging intended major. Admission into the clinical education program occurs after qualified students satisfy the following:

  • Completion of application
  • Completion of the cognate courses with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70
  • An interview with program faculty

The Miriam Hospital Community Investment Grants

The Miriam Hospital has an impactful community relations model that demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for neighbors of the hospital and the larger community. The hospital is committed to being a good neighbor and employs a three-pronged approach to upholding that commitment.

The Miriam works to build fluid communication with its neighbors, betters the community by sharing resources and applies a model of balance toward resolving conflicts and neighborhood issues. We refer to this work as the 3Bs: Building our relationship with our community, Bettering the lives of those living in the community, and Balancing neighborhood concerns.


The Miriam Hospital’s Community Investment Grants are one of the cornerstones of the 3Bs approach. Funds for the grants are an annual donation from The Miriam Hospital Foundation.

Since 2006, the hospital has invested over $750,000 in organizations and programs that focus on three impact areas solely reserved for residents living in the Summit or Mount Hope neighborhoods.

The investment grants benefit efforts to:

  • Programming for youth development and education for children grades 6-12
  • Health and wellness projects that align with the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessments
  • Community revitalization and environmental improvement projects

Newport Met School Internship Program

Since 2010, Newport Hospital has hosted Newport Met School students as interns. Students are offered internships to develop real world skills and knowledge aligned with their academic goals.

Students receive mentoring and supervision by hospital employees.


  • Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible
  • Students are selected for internships through an interview process
  • Students intern once or twice a week for six hours a day

Power Lunch Reading Program

Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is predictive of high school graduation, yet R.I. KIDS COUNT reported only 14% of Providence public school third graders are proficient in reading. (RI KIDS COUNT, 2016)

Power Lunch started in New York in 1989. The program was adopted in Rhode Island in 1996 at Martin Luther King Elementary School by Volunteers in Providence Schools (now known as Inspiring Minds).A program of Inspiring Minds, Power Lunch Reading is designed to engage corporate partners in public education in Providence.

Lifespan staff volunteer to read with elementary school students once a week during their lunch hour, promoting a love of reading and mentoring with elementary age students.

Lifespan coordinates the Power Lunch volunteers at several elementary schools in the Providence Public School District.


Students are referred to the program by school staff based on their reading levels, confidence in their reading skills and reading self-esteem.

Project SEARCH

Both The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital are the proud business partners for the Project SEARCH High School Transition Program. Project SEARCH provides a transition to a skills-based working and learning environment for high school students with intellectual development disabilities.

This unique, business-led, one year, school-to-work program takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job skills training through strategically designed internships.

Rhode Island Hospital looks forward to launching a Project SEARCH program with additional partners in the fall of 2018 for adults ages 21-35 with intellectual development disabilities.


Students must be in their last year or in their transition year of high school, have an intellectual development disability, want to work after graduation and be able to take public transportation or their own transportation to the site. They also need to be within the sending school district.

The program runs September through June (school calendar) and is currently available at The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital.

Radiologic Technologist Assistant Program

The Radiologic Technologist Assistant Program will provide education on basic skills, competencies, and safety to prepare the students for positions in clinical departments in diagnostic imaging. A radiologic technologist assistant (TA) provides support to the radiologic technologist and imaging department. 


  • Proof of diploma or GED certificate (preferably individuals of ages 17 to 21)
  • Interest in pursuing a career in health care, especially radiology 
  • Valid CPR card 
  • Background check and immunization

Learn more about the Radiologic Technologist Assistant Program »

Salve Regina University Service Advocates Program

Since September 2016, Newport Hospital has served as an academic year host site for the Salve Service Advocates, offering college students the opportunity to perform community service at Newport Hospital.

In addition, each student earns $1,000: a financial award for completing 100 hours of service at Newport Hospital. Newport Hospital benefits from having highly motivated students on site in a variety of volunteer positions. This program also helps students prepare for physician assistant training programs because their community service hours can be applied toward their application requirements (optional to apply).


To be eligible, students must:

  • Attend Salve Regina University
  • Be in their junior or senior year of college
  • Perform 100 hours of community service within two semesters.

Summer Youth Employment Program

summer youth graduates

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is designed to promote career exploration and youth development. SYEP includes workplace readiness training (also called essential or soft skills); appropriate paid, supervised summer work experiences; and comprehensive case management to address youth’s full needs while providing summer work experiences and increased self-efficacy.

The Summer Youth Employment Program was piloted in 2004 and proceeded to full implementation in 2005. The focus is on developing strong relationships with health care professionals, networking, on-the-job training, skill development and career exploration, as well as supporting the individual’s social and emotional wellness.


To be eligible for the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must:

  • Youth ages 16 to 19
  • Youth interested in pursuing a career in health care
  • Residents of Providence and Newport or youth who possess a valid CNA license
  • Must attend two pre-summer trainings
  • Background check and immunization

Learn more about the Summer Youth Employment Program »  

Workforce STAT (Solutions, Training and Teamwork) CNA Program

Workforce STAT is a free Certified Nursing Assistant training program. Three cohorts of students have completed this 16- to 18-week program consisting of a R.I. Department of Health-approved certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and education course along with a Lifespan hospital-based internship featuring experiential learning and work readiness activities.

Program graduates can sit for the Rhode Island CNA licensing exam and earn a Lifespan work readiness credential. Initiated in 2013, Workforce STAT features a series of interconnected education, training and support services. It was designed by and for Rhode Island’s growing health care industry and is responsive to industry needs by accelerating the preparation of unemployed and underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders for employment.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Underemployed/unemployed Rhode Island resident
  • Pass a Bureau of Criminal Identification background check
  • Read at a seventh-grade level or higher
  • Earned either a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Ability to attend all classes, internship hours and workshops

Learn more about Workforce STAT »

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.

Learn more about the Seacole Scholars Program »

Year Up

Year up is a one-year intensive training program that provides low income young adults, ages 18 through 24, a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and professional support.

Millions of young adults in the United States have talent and motivation, but lack opportunity. At the same time, companies have opportunities available, but lack the mechanism to efficiently fill those positions with high-quality interns.

Year Up was initiated to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. This is achieved through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits.


To participate in the Year Up program, applicants must be:

  • 18 through 24 years old
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Of low to moderate income
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card
  • Available five days a week (Monday through Friday) for the full year of the program
  • Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills

Young Doctors Club

The Young Doctors Club was developed in 2003 at Rhode Island Hospital to offer a preventive health care curriculum to children from the Rhode Island Hospital community.

Hosted at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals, Young Doctors Club is a partnership between the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, a comprehensive public high school in Providence, and the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

High school students come to Rhode Island Hospital monthly during the academic year to learn about health careers and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.


To be eligible applicants must be a student from the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. All grades can opt in to the Young Doctors Club.

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.

Learn more about volunteering at Lifespan »