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Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)

High school students age 15-18 can explore health care careers through the free Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) at UNM Health System.

YEP offers engaging after-school and summer sessions that combine hands-on activities with classroom learning. You'll learn what it takes to become a health care provider and learn lifesaving CPR and first aid skills.

Develop real-world skills while learning from doctors, nurses and other medical experts. Volunteer 36 hours in the community. Earn a .5 class credit. Register today.

Simulation Labs

Practice basic medical skills in the BATCAVE Healthcare Simulation Program. Gain confidence in the safe environment of our adult, pediatric and infant simulation labs. Students train by "treating" manikins, actors and fellow students.

After-School Sessions

Students learn skills that can help with their future studies and daily life:

  • Check vital signs
  • Learn about the human anatomy
  • Earn CPR and first aid certification

The program runs September through April. Sessions meet the first and third Thursday of each month from 4-5:30pm. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from UNM Hospital.

Summer Intensives

This three-day program gives students insights into what it takes to become health care professional, such as a pediatrician or surgeon. Each intensive includes health care simulations, hands-on experiences and a chance to talk with professionals.

2020 YEP Information

Take the Next Step

Learn what it’s like to be a health care professional and earn class credit for high school.