University of Southern Indiana
Youth Programs

Interested in having youth in your area learn more about health careers, college attainment, or healthy decisions? SWI-AHEC wants to partner with you.

Staff of SWI-AHEC can work with regional schools and youth-serving programs to facilitate presentations and activities related to college readiness and health professions. These presentations and activities can be either during the school day or after school. The staff will tailor the experience to meet the needs of the school or program requesting the program. Potential presentation topics include information on health careers (overview or in-depth), college preparation, healthy lifestyles, and good decision-making.

To schedule a presentation, or receive further information, please contact Kerseclia Patterson at 812/228-5048 or email

Participation in Career Fairs
SWI-AHEC staff members are available to participate in your career fair. We will provide information on the vast array of available health careers, postsecondary educational opportunities to prepare for health careers in southwest Indiana, and workforce information related to health careers.

For more information, please contact Jane Friona at 812/461-5446 or

Day on Campus
SWI-AHEC provides opportunities for educators to bring their students to a local college campus. This visit allows students to participate in hands-on activities with health professions programs, to experience what it is like to be on a college campus, and to have the opportunity to ask questions regarding college and programs of interest. This visit can be tailored to the needs of the students.

To receive further information or schedule a date, please contact Jane Friona at (812) 461-5446 or email

Project Lead the Way – Biomedical
SWI-AHEC partners with the Project Lead the Way-Biomedical Programs in southwest Indiana to broaden student experiences. These students often participate in field trips to USI where they participate in hands-on activities related to many different health careers. These activities build upon their classroom lessons.

Summer Camps
Southwest Indiana AHEC typically hosts its own summer Health Careers Camp. This non-residential experience allows regional high school students broad exposure to health careers through engaging activities and field trips.

In addition, SWI-AHEC supports health career camps for middle & high school students. These programs are hosted by partners throughout the region.

To receive further information, please contact Jane Friona at (812) 461-5446 or email

SWI-AHEC works with the YWCA's Summer Fun program to expose participants to health careers and healthy lifestyles. The YWCA campers visit the USI campus several times throughout the summer to participate in many different activities. SWI-AHEC has worked with the YWCA since the summer of 2008.

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