GED Course at Sununu Juvenile Detention Center
Organized by: Lye-Yeng Wong
Who are we?
Erin D'Agostino, Andrea Jaresova, Greg McDonough, and Lye-Yeng Wong are medical students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. We have created a course curriculum where we will teach weekly classes at the Sununu Center in Manchester, NH, that will help incarcerated youth prepare for and take the GED test during their institutional stay. This will hopefully help their re-integration into society as productive and successful members of the community. We also hope to teach the youth, aged 14-18, broader lessons that will improve their ability to think critically, self-reflect, and make informed decisions.
Goal #1: Teach metacognitive skills that can help students improve their performance on GED (HiSet) exams, with broader application to self-perception and decision-making.
Goal #2: Establish a long-lasting Dartmouth-Sununu Connection so that its positive impact spans beyond the borders of the classroom. Tutors may become lifelong mentors and positive role models to Sununu’s youth.
Goal #3: Gain lifelong community service experience as well as improve communication skills applicable to a wide variety of career settings, including that of the medical profession.
Method: Teach lessons that incorporate metacognitive learning with HiSet content in order to improve students’ memory and decision-making abilities in high stress settings.
Why do we need your help?
Good physicians are those who understand the importance of connecting with their communities as well as the importance of communication and collaboration with diverse set of patients. It is important that we, as medical students, understand the challenges and adversity that diverse populations face on a day-to-day basis. We also believe that there is a strong correlation between health outcomes, education, and environment. By volunteering in Sununu, we will not only be establishing an extremely positive connection, but also gain valuable experience and insight into the lives of the some of the most at-risk youth in our communities.
We are hoping to raise $1500 to jumpstart our project, as the summer session will begin soon! We will be using the money raised for a year's worth of transportation costs and classroom materials. Any amount that you can donate is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your support.