CHAMPS is the Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Formerly known as FACES for the Future, CHAMPS is a three-year internship program that introduces underrepresented minority high school students to health professions. The CHAMPS program collaborates with local high schools, health academies, colleges, universities, medical schools and residency programs. The objective of CHAMPS is to introduce underrepresented minority high school students to the health professions, assist them in getting into educational programs of their choice, and equip them with the necessary personal skills to succeed in these and other demanding pursuits.

The CHAMPS program is a three-year internship, starting 10th grade. Students receive an academic letter grade and high school credit for their participation and written work. Students receive classroom education and training relevant to the health care, academic tutoring, and college preparation activities, such as SAT preparation, personal statement writing, and financial aid workshops. Students also benefit from one-on-one case management to address students' psychosocial needs. Each student will participate in six to eight-week clinical rotations in different hospital departments, and senior students present capstone projects incorporating their internship experiences at the hospital, community clinics, and private medical offices.

Program Features

  • Academic Guidance & Support
  • Case Management
  • Healthcare Education
  • Hospital/Healthcare Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Psychosocial Services
  • Associated with Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Program Partners:

  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Berkeley Unified School District
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Volunteer program — Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Campus


Young Kim Parker, Program Manager
682 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3681
Fax: (510) 450-5830

The CHAMPS program is made possible in part by the California Wellness Foundation and the Warriors Community Foundation.

UCSF Benioff Children's CHAMPS student in medical mentoring and training program

2014 Linked Learning Employer Champion Award Awarded to Children’s Hospital Oakland

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland partners with six high schools in the Oakland Unified School District, and Berkeley High School in the Berkeley Unified School District.

The hospital developed the Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success (CHAMPS), a three-year internship program that annually introduces about 95-100 underrepresented minority high school students to health professions through a comprehensive academic program that includes career planning and clinical shadowing experiences.

A significant percentage of CHAMPS students go on to 4-year universities and graduate health profession programs, including medicine, nursing, public health and social work.

“Through CHAMPS and other work-based learning opportunities hosted by Children’s Hospital, many Linked Learning students have been exposed to exciting careers in the health profession.

This helps close the skills gap by encouraging students to work hard in high school, and hone the technical and ‘soft’ skills needed for success in college and their future careers," said Jennifer Ortega, State Director of the business leaders organization ReadyNation/America’s Edge.

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