Canton, Ohio: Five Stark County Community Action Agency (SCCAA) Youth Employment Services (YES) students are currently interning at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy Volunteer Services partnered with SCCAA to place its YES students in several hospital departments including Mercy Dental Services, Print Shop, Accounting, Nursing Administration, Legal Council and Supply Chain. Mercy Volunteer Services employees continue to communicate with the interns, hospital staff and Stark County Community Action Agency staff.
“The students are doing a great job in performing the various assigned duties,” says Stephanie Sheeler, manager of Mercy Volunteer Services. “We have received positive feedback from departments, and the students are demonstrating a good work ethic and positive attitude.”
Each summer, SCCAA provides work opportunities for high school youth through its Youth Employment Services (YES) program. Eligible youth must meet SCCAA academic and income guidelines. Students are provided with an opportunity to work at neighborhood job sites with community organizations and agency programs. During the summer, youth are taught employability skills and encouraged toward post-secondary education. In addition to career planning and work experience, students interact with one another and professional youth coaches who assist them in addressing issues related to peer relationships, family, motivation and values.
“The SCCAA is a caring program that serves as a guide to lead us on a good path,” says Danessa Kirksey-Blue, YES student and intern at Mercy Medical Center. “Being here at Mercy has helped me see another side of working at a hospital. People often only see the patient side, but the paperwork is very complex,” she says.
Kirksey-Blue wants to be an operating room nurse, so hospital staff arranged a shadow experience in Mercy Surgery Center. “The staff is very positive,” Kirksey-Blue says. “They demonstrate compassion, and they make me feel welcome.”
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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