HEAL (Health Excellence Academic Leadership) Program – prepares participants for health-related professions while closing the gap in academic and life skills resources. Enrichment opportunities include classroom training, hands-on clinical experience, mentoring, life coaching and financial assistance in the form of paid internships. Encouraging family support is an important component of the program.
Created in 1991 as the Model Neighborhood Program through a partnership between AHS and county government, HEAL’s work starts with 14-year-olds and reaches up to 24-year-olds. Current areas of focus are after-school tutoring and life skills training, plus wellness classes that include family members and focus on nutrition. Among those helping the newer kids are college students who have been involved in HEAL or similar programs. Students must maintain acceptable grades to continue in the program.