Preparing South L.A. students for health care careers of the future

South L.A. Scholars (SLAS) was launched in the summer of 2016 in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles’ Economic & Workforce Development Department and Los Angeles Unified School District. The program provides paid work experience in a health care setting for South L.A. students enrolled in health-career-themed high schools. SLAS is designed to connect students, especially low-income and underrepresented youth residing in South Los Angeles, to meaningful summer internship opportunities, and help youth develop the necessary skills to secure future employment in the health sector.


   300+ youth served


Students participate in activities that nurture their passion for health care professions. These activities include:

  • Engaging with guest speakers from the health care industry virtually
  • Taking part in health care panels and discussing health care issues and current topics such a mental health and COVID-19
  • Participating in group activities to apply learned health care principles
  • Engaging employers through virtual tours of bioscience facilities





Past industry partners have included:




Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Clinica Oscar Romero



Community Clinic Association

Kaiser Permanente

UCLA Geffen School of Medicine



UCLA Health






Contact Ever Hilleprandt at [email protected] for more information.