Lifespan Community Health Institute

Youth Programs at the Community Health Institute

The Community Health Institute has a variety of programs to reach out to the youth of our community.

Tar Wars

A one-hour program to prevent initiation of tobacco products is delivered in schools to fifth graders and to youth groups. The program covers the dangers of smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping, and chewing tobacco.  

Contact Victoria Lugo at [email protected] or 401-444-8076 to schedule a presentation for your group of students.  

Safe Sitter

Teaches children 11 to 13 years old infant and child CPR, infant and child choking rescue, first aid, how to manage emergencies, babysitting as a business, injury prevention and management, behavior management, safety for the sitter, and childcare essentials. The fee is $50 per student; $45 for children of Lifespan employees. Scholarships are available. Lifespan Community Health Institute is recognized nationally as a Gold Level Safe Sitter provider. 

Learn more about Safe Sitter

If interested, contact Jeanette Nessett at [email protected] or 401-444-8088

Mentoring Program

This program facilitates one-on-one relationships between health professionals and high school students to bolster essential skills in the academic, professional, and social domains. We recruits Lifespan employees to serve as mentors, who make a commitment to meet at least monthly with their mentee for two years. Partner schools are Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School, Paul Cuffee Upper School, all located in Providence and Rogers High School in Newport.  

For more information, contact Ana Almeida-DoRosário at [email protected] or 401-444-8069.

Power Lunch

Lifespan employees volunteer to mentor and read with a student at the Martin Luther King Elementary school in Providence during their lunch hour. Power Lunch strives to promote enthusiasm for literature, build listening and vocabulary skills, increase attention and concentration, provide positive role models for Providence youth, build self-esteem and confidence, and enhance imagination and independent thinking. Learn more about one Lifespan employee’s journey as a Power Lunch volunteer. 

For more information, contact Victoria Lugo at [email protected] or 401-444-8076.

Job Shadow Day

Fifth grade students from the Martin Luther King elementary school spend a half-day at The Miriam Hospital learning about health careers by touring departments like the robotics lab, central sterilization, and the blood center. Students also spend time learning about the hospital’s services through interactive stations including hand-hygiene machines, CPR demonstrations, and diabetic vision simulator goggles. 

For more information, contact Victoria Lugo at [email protected] or 401-444-8076.

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