YouthBuild Louisville Receives $1.5 Million to Train Youth in Health Careers | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A local organization that helps prepare at-risk youth to become productive members of the community has received more than $1.5 million to train youth for jobs in the health.

Since 2000, YouthBuild Louisville has provided education, job training, and leadership programs for low-income young adults to help them realize their potential as productive community leaders. Students participating in the program practice with simulated patients who are treated like real ones. They even have names, like Mrs. Molly. Students learn to address their patient by name and explain what he is about to do.

“Hello Mrs. Molly. My name is MJ and I will be changing your stockings today,” MJ Jewell, an instructor, said before starting a procedure on Monday.

Students learn the importance of ensuring patients are safe.

“You will never leave her,” said one instructor. “Because you don’t want to risk her falling.”

The students received extensive bedside training on Monday afternoon.

“I was having a hard time staying focused in online school,” said Keybra Martin, a student in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

Martin said she came to YouthBuild to refocus. Graduating from high school helped Martin get back on track and enroll in the CNA program.

“I never would have thought like five years ago that I would be graduating and taking CNA classes and going down the path of nursing,” she said.

The students practice on mannequins, but Jewell says they are not anonymous.

“We call them Steven and Molly,” Jewell said. “It’s not just mannequins lying there. I want them to understand that it’s a patient. It’s more personal for them.”

The program allows students to focus on work and not worry about things like tuition fees or other financial burdens.

“We will pay for their certification,” Jewell said. “We will pay for their lessons. We will pay for the materials they need. We will provide them with scrubs, stethoscopes.”

Lynn Rippy, president and CEO of YouthBuild Louisville, said the program also fills a critical need for young people in Louisville.

“When we’re able to provide the opportunity for them to find themselves and become proficient academically and in their field of work, that’s a game-changer,” Rippy said.

Martin said it would be a way to give back, providing an opportunity for another passion.

“It’s more true for me, being the help I didn’t have,” Martin said.

The next CNA YouthBuild Louisville class begins in August. To find out how to register, click here.

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