New York City-based program helps local youth pursue careers in geriatric health care. The SkillSpring program (formerly known as the Geriatrics Career Development Program) annually supports 225 New York City youth from under-resourced schools in the Bronx and Manhattan in pursuing careers in health care. Facilitated by The New Jewish Home, the program trains high school students to become health-care professionals with a focus on serving older adults. As part of the program, youth work directly with older adults in long-term care through paid internships, mentorship, and clinical training. Program participants can earn up to five allied health-care certifications, so they can immediately find work and earn income while in college. Ninety-nine percent of the students in the program graduate high school, and five in six participants have gone on to earn a postsecondary degree. Learn more.