AHEC - North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
Touched by an AHEC: Stories from 100 Counties
Youth Health Service Corps members

Youth Health Service Corps members

Franklin County | Wake AHEC

Wake AHEC collaborates with Franklinton High School on Youth Health Service Corps

Wake AHEC, in collaboration with Franklinton High School, conducted the first Youth Health Service Corps pilot in North Carolina during the 2008-2009 academic year. Youth Health Service Corps is part of a national program for high school students to encourage volunteerism and to prepare students for working in health care settings.

The pilot focused specifically on health issues in Franklin County and helped students identify problems the community might face in accessing health care services and maintaining good health. Students completed nine training modules during the Medical Science I and Medical Science II classes and spent out-of-school time volunteering with community agencies. Partners in the project included: Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic; Franklin County Health Department; Franklin Regional Medical Center; Franklin County 4-H Support Our Students Program; Franklin County Schools Child Nutrition Program; and other community organizations.

Elaine Owens and Amy Thomas of Wake AHEC conducted the training sessions and coordinated volunteer opportunities for students. Forty-four students completed the training, and twenty-six students were recognized for volunteer service at the Franklinton High School Awards Ceremony. The Youth Health Service Corps project and students received the 2009 Franklin County 4-H Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award.

Future plans include the continuation of Youth Health Service Corps in Franklin County and the addition of a Corps site in Warren County, beginning spring semester of 2010.