CarePoint Health and Christ Hospital officials, in partnership with the City of Jersey City Department of Recreation, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Jersey City Public Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, the Jersey City Police Department and WBLS and HOT 97 FM radio station presented awards to three Jersey City high school students following an essay writing contest.
More than 200 students participated in the contest, writing about their life experiences and how the book, “From Federal Prison to First Lady” by Mt. Olive Baptist Church First Lady Tamika McReynolds inspired them.
First place was Darinka Arones of Liberty High School who received a $1000 award, second place was Zahira Thomas of Dickinson High School who received $500 and third place was Jasmere Gillis of Lincoln High Shool who received $250. The awards are funded by Pastor John H. McReynolds.
“It is great to see so many Jersey City students engaged in the Teen Mentoring Program, and they were eager to share their life experiences through the essay contest,” said Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “The partnership with Christ Hospital and the Department of Recreation has created a great program to provides hands-on experience for our City’s youth as they continue to grow and prepare for their bright futures.”
Earlier this year, Christ Hospital partnered with the Mayor’s Office/Department of Recreation, Jersey City Public Schools and Mt. Olive Baptist Church on pilot initiative teen mentoring program that will help educate Jersey City high school students on careers in the healthcare industry and expose them to healthcare in their community. The students learned about areas of healthcare such as infection control, surgical services, environmental services, emergency services & general patient experience.
“The pilot program we began this year has already proven to be a great opportunity for our high school youth, as they get to learn about the variety of careers available in healthcare,” said Marie Duffy, Chief Hospital Executive at Christ Hospital. “We applaud all of the elected officials and board of education partners, and the program’s director – Tamika McReynolds – for recognizing the importance of education outside of the classroom. We look forward to help educate and inspire even more youth to the healthcare profession.”
The partnership with CarePoint is part of the Department of Recreation’s mission of expanding their existing teen mentoring program to develop career training and life-skills development for high school students. The Jersey City Teen Mentoring program operates in multiple Jersey City public schools to provide a wide-ridge of life skills and growth opportunities facilitated by Tamika McReynolds, Recreation Department.