Health careers camp reaches 80 area youth

TOWANDA – Eighty area youth, ranging from five to 14 years old, attended the Health Careers Camp at the YMCA Summer Day Camp from June 24 to 28.

This event brought professionals from the health care career field to speak to campers about their profession and provide insight into what types of health care careers are available.

Speakers included Trudy Ventello, an area social worker, who spoke to campers about the responsibilities of a social worker, assisting senior adults and Hospice Care.

Additionally, campers rotated through various stations at Towanda Memorial Hospital, learning about a different career field at each station. Speakers at the stations included Carla Green (vision therapy); Mary Donahue (garden therapy); Echo Smith (pediatric gym); as well as Towanda Memorial EMS staff and ambulance.

Summer nutrition intern, Morgan McClean, spoke to campers about the importance of eating healthy and the benefits of doing so. During the last two days of the career week, campers age 11 and 12 and teens assisted in a senior picnic at Alparon Park in Troy and also assisted at the YMCA community garden, planting seeds and learning about the importance of gardening.

The Health Careers Week was sponsored by the Northeast Regional Healthcare Industry Partnership, NEPA AHEC and the Bradford County YMCA, in partnership with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.

For more information, contact Sherry Felten, NTRPDC workforce development program manager, at 265-9103 or felten@northern