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Youth Apprentice Program

About the Youth Apprentice


In 1989, a group of individuals from Bioscience and Health Careers at Benjamin Franklin High School and Rochester General Hospital came together with a vision to give high school students in the Rochester City School District the opportunity to gain “real-life” work experience in healthcare.

Over three decades later, students from city schools continue to seize the opportunity to work side-by-side with the healthcare professionals at Rochester Regional Health through a ten-month comprehensive paid internship. Schools currently participating in the program include: 

  • Rochester City School District schools
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School
  • Rochester Prep Charter School
  • University Prep Charter School for Young Men (UPrep)
  • Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program Students

For the last 10 years, 100% of the students who complete the Youth Apprentice program graduated high school and have been accepted into college. Around 65% of the students who graduate from the Youth Apprentice Program go on to pursue careers in health care or health-related fields. 

Beyond gaining work experience, YAP students receive mentoring, excel in academics, and are encouraged to volunteer. Their experience is enriched by learning from a variety of experts who teach everything from money management to starting a career in surgery.

The Youth Apprentice Program students are the future of health care. Please consider funding the future of health care.

Advantage Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Advantage Federal Credit Union is a firm believer in education and is committed to helping Rochester area students. The Advantage Credit Union offers several scholarship opportunities each year to students in high school. One of those is the Youth Apprentice Scholarship for students working at Rochester Regional Health. The scholarship started in 2011 and is awarded to the student that best meets the criteria. The scholarship is worth fifteen hundred dollars ($1,000), which the student can use for their college expenses.

Sound like a good fit?

Apply today!