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About the Youth Apprentice Program

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 two decades later, students from the Rochester City School District continue to seize the opportunity to work side-by-side with the healthcare professionals at Rochester General Hospital through a two-year comprehensive paid internship. Schools currently participating with the program include: 

  • Brighton High School (Urban Suburban)
  • Charlotte High School
  • East High School
  • Edison High School
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • Monroe High School
  • Rochester Early College
  • School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls
  • STEM High School
  • Wilson Magnet High School

For the last 9 years 100% of the students who complete the Youth Apprentice program graduate High School and have been accepted into college. Between 85%-95% of the students who graduate from the Youth Apprentice Program go on to pursue careers in health care.

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


healthcare logosOver the last 4 years, our Youth Apprentice Program has taken the opportunity to visit premier healthcare institution such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. Our Health Exploration field trips (HEFT) provide our youth with an opportunity see other nationally-renowned healthcare systems outside of Rochester, New York. The students are able to: 

  • Gain hands-on health-related experience
  • Tour state-of-the-art medical labs
  • Participate in panel discussions and dialog with medical professionals regarding their specialties and medical advances in their fields.

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 Rochester General Hospital. The scholarship started in 2011 and is awarded to the student that best meet the criteria. The scholarship is worth five hundred dollars ($500), which the student can use for their personal college expenses.

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