I’ve written in the past about the value of mentorship, particularly for young people participating in pipeline programs like HealthPATH’s, which are focused on exposing youth to the world of work and getting them on track to finish high school and pursue a post-secondary certificate or degree. Many of the young people who participate in HealthPATH’s programs come from first generation immigrant families or have parents who have not graduated from high school or attended college. These young people often have few role models in their own families or communities who can encourage them and support them on their educational and career path. An important component of HealthPATH’s programs is the opportunity for youth to connect to caring adults who serve as mentors.
We would like to recognize one of HealthPATH’s most dedicated mentors. Johnny Sung is a Lead Technologist for Radiology at Highland Hospital. Johnny has generously taken students under his wing and shown them everything there is to know about being a radiology technologist. Many of them are unfamiliar with this role when they come into the program and leave wanting to follow in his footsteps. The students love Johnny because he takes the time to get to know them, he shares his passion for the work he does, and he helps them see opportunities for themselves in the healthcare field. We appreciate Johnny’s big heart and his willingness to go above and beyond to mentor HealthPATH youth and show them possibilities they hadn’t known before.