Student Success Jobs Program FAQs

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What is SSJP (Student Success Jobs Program)?

SSJP (Student Success Jobs Program) is an intensive after-school and summer employment program in the Center for Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The goal of the program is to give high school students meaningful work experience in the health care environment.

I do not go to one of your partnering schools, can I apply to SSJP?

No, unfortunately not. SSJP will accept students from our following partnering high schools: Boston Latin Academy, Community Academy of Science and Health, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Fenway High, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, Madison Park Vocational High School, and New Mission High School.

I just need a summer job; can I apply to SSJP?

Students are hired during the beginning of each academic year and work a full year. We do not hire students only for the summer.

My grades need improvement, what are the chances of me being accepted to SSJP?

Even if you do not have all A's, there is a chance you can be accepted into the program. If you are having difficulty with certain classes, you must attend tutoring sessions until your grades improve.

How do I contact my PIC career specialist?

You should ask either your guidance counselor or your principal and they will inform you who your PIC Career Specialist is.

I play after school sports, am a part of the prom committee, in the NHS, and treasurer of my class. Can I fit SSJP in my schedule?

SSJP is a big commitment. Working ten hours per week and keeping up with your academics, family and personal obligations tend to give students a full schedule. A student should consider all previous commitments before applying to SSJP.

I am interested in being an accountant. Should I apply to SSJP?

SSJP is for students who are interested in the medical, health or science field and who have a passion for taking care of others. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is supported by various different departments, not just doctors. Most students interested in medical, health, or science/STEM will likely get the most out of SSJP – but for those interested in other fields such as law, public health, business and marketing may benefit from exposure to healthcare settings and the various non-clinical pathways you can take working in a large hospital like the Brigham. Many of the skills learned can be applied to other work environments.

Besides being exposed to health careers, how can SSJP help me?

SSJP provides students with unique opportunities to envision a promising future for themselves through participation in and exposure to health careers. SSJP enables students to successfully embark on the college application process, increases positive, consistent adult involvement in the lives of students, and encourages students to develop lasting friendships with peers from other neighborhoods and high schools. Students are supported holistically. We work to develop students' life and social skills and provide support around various aspects of a teen's life.

After SSJP, what do students do?

In 2022, 100% of SSJP senior students graduated high school and 85% planned to attend a college/university. Of the current alumni enrolled in college, 88% are majoring in a health/STEM/social science related field.

What is the racial and ethnic diversity of SSJP?

2022 Statistics from MGB Annual Report

43% Hispanic/Latino
37% Black
8% White
5% Asian
4% Multi-racial
2% Unknown
1% American Indian
84% Female
16% Male

I still have questions about SSJP, who can I contact?

Please contact Jesenia Cortes, Interim Director of Youth Programs, at