Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) and Afterschool Programs

The SEP and Year-round Afterschool Programs are designed to engage high school students in problem-based learning activities that will address health disparities in northeast Pennsylvania. Students will work with groups of medical students, faculty, and undergraduate students to plan, implement, and evaluate their research. Projects will also focus on improving writing, science, math, and critical thinking skills while tackling complex health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and related diseases. Students will gain the knowledge and leadership needed to make changes at the personal, family, school, and community levels. Portfolios and student transcripts enhance student applications to higher education programs.

Programs and Services

Students receive intensive academic support along with structured health careers exploration and college planning. The services and programs will help rising high school juniors achieve immediate and long-term goals. Some of the benefits to this program include experience with:

  • Math/science exploration
  • Health careers planning
  • College planning
  • Health research
  • Study skills
  • Writing
  • Cultural competency
  • Leadership
  • SAT preparation
  • Junior Science Academy
  • Mentoring
  • And much more

Participant Requirements

The REACH-HEI Program is highly competitive due to a limited number of available spaces. High school juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better will be selected for this program. Students who are educationally or economically disadvantaged and who express an interest in pursuing a health degree program are eligible for participation. An individual is “educationally disadvantaged” if he or she comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school or allied health program. Individuals are ”economically disadvantaged” if they come from a family with an annual income at or below low income thresholds, according to family size, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau and modified by the Secretary for use in health and allied health professions training programs.

REACH-HEI is federally funded under the Department of health and Human Services, Division of Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Careers Opportunity Programs.