Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County are learning about different careers in health care. It’s part of summer camps being offered by Goshen College, this one specifically for Elkhart and Goshen Club members.
The members travelled to campus for activities involving a variety of areas in the health field.
“This program is very important because it’s for kids who think they may be interested in the health field,” said Goshen Area Director Natalie Jerlecki. “They study social work, they did exercise science, they did things with biology. It’s phenomenal for them, plus it was a community partnership with Goshen College. What could be better than letting them experience the campus as well?”
But the experience didn’t stop at campus. The members were able to tour Goshen Hospital. While there, they visited a patient room, the emergency room and the lab. That afforded them opportunities to examine blood samples to detect differences in cells, practice CPR and test their blood pressure.
“One of our goals for this camp is to build a college-goal mindset and to introduce them to different careers in the health sciences,” said Brianne Brenneman, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Goshen College.
Brenneman said they wanted to create the camp specifically for Club members.
“We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning experiences,” she said.
The members were eager to explore all the activities and learn more about how they apply to their individual lives.