MEDICAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM CREATES PATH FOR YOUNG STUDENTS INTERESTED IN MEDICINE
The Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation Medical Mentorship Program was designed for high school seniors interested in careers in medicine. The program was created to provide an exposure to students as well as mentorship along their educational and career journeys. The TCOF Medical Mentorship Program continues to provide students with a first-person view of a variety of fields before they embarked on a college education.
Numerous TCO health care professionals worked with the students in a yearlong program led by Adam Bakker, MD.
“Everyone has had help/mentorship getting to their destination in the medical field,” Dr. Bakker said. “We’re looking for smart but very hungry kids who wouldn’t necessarily have an opportunity to see the medical field in preparation hopefully for a career in medicine.”
In addition to the exposure to some of the various career options within the medical field, the program addressed some of the college requirements of certain medical programs in order to better prepare students for course selection. The Medical Mentorship Program aims to provide longitudinal mentorship and communication beginning as high school seniors and into college, graduate programs and finally into each student’s desired occupation.
“Going into this program, I was almost positive I wanted to be a biomechanical engineer. Coming out of it, I’m glad I took the opportunity to explore something different,” said Lilly Kaufman, an alumnus of the program.
The TCO Foundation is able to provide financial support for each student’s education through a $1,000 college scholarship.
CYCLEHEALTH: KID-POWERED WELLNESS
CycleHealth teams with leaders in business and health care to equip kids with tools to create a new cycle of health in America. World-class events and programs, delivered through CycleHealth’s innovative Sweat Rx, allow kids to lead the way to wellness.
“When we launched our organization, our goal was to motivate Minnesota kids to power their own wellness through world-class adventure races and fitness challenges. Twin Cities Orthopedics was among the first companies to say they’d be with us. We couldn’t have imagined at that time that TCO would become as invested in our work as we are. At every event, they are there to provide safety and medical coverage plus dozens of volunteers. Because of their contributions and expertise, we have achieved far greater impact than we would have without them. Their vision is matched only by their generosity and can-do spirit. I love working with TCO.”
– Betsy Grams | Executive Director, CycleHealth
UNITED HEROES LEAGUES
United Heroes League’s mission is to empower military families to stay healthy and active through sports by providing free head to toe sports equipment, free skill development camps, grants to offset sports fees and tickets to pro games so the family can enjoy a night out before or after deployment.
Bolder Options is a wellness-based, youth mentoring organization that utilizes caring, adult mentors along with our structured program of physical activity, academic improvement, goal setting, and empowerment, to build self-esteem and healthy habits in youth ages 10–14.
EMPOWER — LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR GIRLS
Empower’s mission is to inspire, develop and empower the next generation of leaders by offering events for girls in grades 5–12. Empower’s four pillars of focus are Leadership, Confidence, Resilience and Well-Being.