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June 15, 2012 > A generation of future leaders

A generation of future leaders

Submitted By Renee Snyder

The graduation ceremony for the fourth class of St. Rose Hospital's FACES for the Future Program will take place on June 14, 2012 at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda.

FACES for the Future is an innovative youth mentoring program that was instituted at St. Rose Hospital in 2007 to motivate and prepare under-represented high-risk youth for careers in all areas of the health profession.

"FACES brings high school students, who live in our community, to our campus, providing them with an opportunity to work alongside our health care team," reports St. Rose Hospital's COO/CNO Mariellen Faria.

The grant funded program through State Street, The Hayward Rotary, Oakland Raiders, California Endowment and the City of Hayward is unique in many ways but primarily through its partnership with the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP), Hayward, which provides a pathway for students to apply for the FACES Program.

"What I took from the FACES program was learning how to work with different people and cultures and how to effectively respect their values and beliefs," said Carmen Esquivel, a Tennyson High School and FACES graduate whose GPA has increased from 2.79 to 3.25 since joining the program.

All 12 FACES students have demonstrated a dramatic increase in their GPAs and each student plans to attend college next fall.

"St. Rose staff and patients have inspired me to be in the medical field and follow my dream of becoming a radiology technician," says Genesis Ortiz.

The FACES program is a two-year commitment at the end of which each graduating student receives a scholarship. Senator Ellen Corbett and Assemblymember Mary Hayashi will also recognize each of the students at the graduation ceremony. In addition to EAROP, other FACES collaborations include Cal State University East Bay, Chabot College, La Familia Counseling Service, Hayward Adult School, Alameda County Public Health and Mentoring in Medicine.

For more information, contact Renee Snyder at (510) 264-4203 or visit

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