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Volunteering in nursing homes gives teens experience and career inspiration

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Students generally must devote two afternoons after school every week and several weeks during the summer, Cruz said. The program curriculum, developed with Columbia University Teachers College, initially teaches students basics about patient privacy, Medicare/Medicaid and overcoming stereotypes about older people. By the time they’re seniors in high school, students can train as certified nursing assistants and work as paid interns supporting the residents on the days they spend at the facility.

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