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Little Medical School Inspires Young Minds at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County

FORT PIERCE, FL: 9-year-old Club member Monica donned a stethoscope and white medical coat to become “Dr. Monica” during the Little Medical School hands-on learning program at the Boys & Girls Westside Club. Monica was clearly inspired by her experience declaring “I want to be a doctor for babies!” Little Medical School and Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County teamed up to inspire youth and introduce Club members ages 6-12 to the medical industry through hands-on learning, role play, and interactive demonstrations. The program took place thanks to a sponsorship from UnitedHealthcare in their outreach efforts to build healthier communities

“We’re always looking for ways to introduce Club members to potential career paths. Our Partnership with Little Medical School fits perfectly with our workforce readiness program,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead. “It’s so exciting to think that there are future medical professionals within the walls of our Clubs.”

The afternoon began with Club members reciting the Little Medical School oath and receiving their prestigious Little Medical School white coats. The young doctors-to-be then built their own stethoscope, participated in a stress ball exercise to demonstrate heart health, and completed a skeleton sticker worksheet to identify bones. The program ended with a Little Medical School graduation leaving each Club member with their own certificate of completion.

“It is important to start the conversation about STEM careers early. Kids as young as seven and eight years old will tell you they are not good at math and science. Our role-playing programming shows them that they are, and they could be future doctors, nurses or pharmacists if they study hard!” said Little Medical School founder, Dr. Mary Mason.

“Our Club members were so excited to learn the ins and outs of the medical industry,” said Boys & Girls Westside Club Director Kristie Sargent. “The Little Medical School program was perfect because our Club members were learning while having fun!”

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County conducts year-round workforce readiness programs that provide opportunities for career exploration, real-world training, and internships with local businesses.