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FACES for the Future Coalition

The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs. FACES incorporates best practices in youth development, stakeholder engagement, and workforce development strategies.

Program Director(s)

Tomás A. Magaña

Program Site



Behavioral Health Undergraduate Summit

FACES developed and implemented the Behavioral Health Undergraduate Summit - a summer program that provided undergraduate students with opportunities to gain experience, training and professional development in the behavioral health field. This two-week summer program provided a participation stipend and a combination of workshops, tours, and guest speakers to advance participants toward their career goals in behavioral health.

FACES Behavioral Health Pathways

FACES worked with local school partners and behavioral health agencies in Alameda County to help youth of historically marginalized communities identify pathways to professional careers in behavioral health and provide support for these young people as they worked towards those careers. The curriculum was rooted in a critical understanding of cultural competency which encouraged students to critique and change the field of behavioral health while uplifting their own identities and communities.

FACES Coalition, Capacity Building Project with Roosevelt High School

FACES worked with Roosevelt High School’s Health Academy in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA by supporting development of curriculum and work-based learning opportunities for Academy students. The overall objective was to support development of meaningful learning opportunities for minority students interested in health careers, to stabilize their pathway to employment, and to support development of a culturally representative health workforce for the community.

FACES for the Future - John O’Connell High School

The FACES for the Future Coalition oversees the implementation of a FACES for the Future program at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco. In partnership with the SFUSD and the SFDPH, the program introduces students to career pathways into healthcare, public health, and behavioral health while supporting them with academic interventions, the coordination of wellness services, referrals to outside agencies when needed, and youth leadership development opportunities.

FACES for the Future Coalition: A Mentorship Model to Advance Collaborative Pipelines for Student Success

FACES designs programs that support career development for disadvantaged youth in underserved communities. FACES programs provide comprehensive “wrap-around” services, including health careers training, academic enrichment, psychosocial interventions, and youth leadership development. FACES is scaling its program replication strategy to a national level, continues to grow its state-wide replication in California, and increases outreach efforts to disseminate the programs’ impact.

FACES for the Future Program Support

The purpose of the FACES for the Future Coalition is: 1) to develop, standardize and consistently evaluate the FACES for the Future program model; 2) to provide capacity-building support and technical assistance to existing FACES programs throughout the nation in order to ensure program stability and share best practices; and 3) to mindfully and strategically replicate the FACES for the Future program model in other communities in need.

FACES for the Future San Francisco - Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School

In partnership with the Bayview YMCA and Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, FACES for the Future Coalition connects students enrolled in the school's Academy of Health Sciences to work-based learning, academic enrichment, wellness support, and leadership development opportunities. In order to fulfill their commitment to creating equitable access to the health professions pathway, there is no minimum GPA requirement for participation.

FACES Global Health Pathway

In partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program-II and the USAID, FACES created an introductory global health curriculum for high school students, and implemented an annual Global Health Youth Summit in Washington DC that provided FACES students with opportunities for mentorship with global health professionals, training in advocacy and leadership, and enhanced opportunities for career exploration in global health.

FACES Summer Medical Academy

The FACES Summer Medical Academy is a tuition-based, intensive summer experience designed to expose high school students to the field and practice of medicine. The goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training, while familiarizing young people with critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive, compassionate and patient-centered health care practice.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Bringing the FACES Model to High School Students Across the Country

In 2017, FACES expanded its programs outside California for the first time, launching new multi-year healthcare internship and leadership development programs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado. And in 2018, FACES served more than 870 high school students through 11 programs across the country. These students served 10,000+ internship hours in hospital departments, behavioral health agencies and community clinics, giving them one-on-one mentorship with health professionals. 100% of FACES students graduate from high school, and more than 90% intend to pursue a health career when they graduate.

Connecting Low Income San Francisco High School Students With Medical Careers

Thanks to funding from Kaiser Permanente, in 2015 FACES for the Future launched a program for juniors and seniors at John O'Connell High School in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. The program supports entry into healthcare professions through internships, workshops, academic support, college preparation, and wellness support.

In its first year, the pilot program reached over 50 students who attended weekly trainings and workshop on clinical skills, career exposure, and professional development. In addition, 200 students received exposure to workshops focused on health career, during school wide events and health fairs. The program was staffed by a program coordinator through a first-of-its-kind contract between PHI and the San Francisco Department of Public Health, from the Mental Health Service Act workforce development fund overseen by San Francisco County.

Mentoring the Diverse Health Care Workforce of Tomorrow

"FACES not only made me be want to be a doctor,” said Chris Travis (pictured, left), a 2007 graduate of FACES Oakland, and a first year medical student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, “it introduced me to people who would help me one day make that dream a reality." 

Evaluations show that a full 100% of FACES students graduate high school, compared with only 40% of their peers in some communities. Nine out of 10 are accepted into post-secondary college or training, and a large number plan to go on to pursue healthcare and health-related professions.


Partnering to Host the Global Health Youth Summit

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) and FACES for the Future Coalition (FACES) are making the global health workforce more representative of the American people. Research show that many backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets remain underrepresented in global health. We also know that decisions about career paths are made long before one enters the workforce, often as early as high school.

In 2017, GHFP-II and FACES for the Future Coalition to host the second ever Global Health Youth Summit. The Summit was an immersive, weeklong activity that exposed college-bound, high school students to global health as a potential career. Throughout the week, the students, who were predominantly from backgrounds underrepresented in global health, met with leaders from USAID, engaged in global health competency-building exercises, and learned about opportunities for youth to make an impact in global health.



Putting the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders on the Path to Post-Secondary Education

PHI’s Faces for Future Program supports under-served high schoolers academically and socially, and prepares them for medical careers. In 2019, FACES students in PHOTO BY TARRYN MENTODenver completed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) coursework—preparing them to take the CNA exam by the end of the school year to receive their certifications, giving them access to entry-level positions right out of high school, stabilizing their incomes, and launching their health career paths. In 2019, 100% of the 866 FACES students across the U.S. graduated from high school on time, and 99% of them are continuing on to post-secondary education. Learn more.