High School Programs
Our California initiatives are the learning laboratories for the development of our global network. We are taking a “team of teams and network of networks” approach to accelerating the global spread of bystander care. High school students who are aspiring to study at our nation’s great universities are ideal participants in our programs. Not only do they understand the critical need of bystander care, but those who are respected leaders have far greater impact than even our experts on the vital segment of young adults that we wish to reach.
We are so very pleased to have terrific leaders helping us with cause by harnessing their gifts to propel us on our mission.
We are pleased to announce that Daniel Policicchio has been selected the Med Tac Student Leader of the Year for 2019 in recognition of his tremendous contribution to the Med Tac program over the last 3 years. When our team won the Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Award in 2018, it was in no small part to his efforts. He has served in all areas of film production and education of both students and professionals on our Med Tac Certification team that targets the eight leading causes of death of children, youth, and adults in their workforce years. In this work, not only has Danny shown tremendous creativity and talent in film and media, but he possesses a maturity and humility beyond his years and his tremendous work ethic are so extraordinary that he would be a top pick for anything we do. Danny has been appointed the position of Associate Producer of our next Discovery Channel documentary 3 Minutes and Counting through which we will drive the critical importance of bystander care in saving lives that will be lost by waiting for Emergency Medical Services and professional first responders to arrive. As such, Danny will be working with our leading medical experts and leaders of universities, schools, scout groups, and lifeguards in California, Texas, Hawaii, Florida, and Minnesota. He will be one of the judges for a film competition being offered to our nation’s best film schools and will be working closely with students at USC, Chapman, and NYU film schools.
As high school students transition from youth to young adulthood, they have very unique needs. Specific knowledge regarding high impact care hazards and the lifeline behaviors that can save lives in this age group can have a vital impact on these young people.
For instance, they are at great risk for poisoning from alcohol, prescription, and illegal drugs. They are at greater risk than other age groups for major non-vehicular trauma, and as new drivers and operators of vehicles, they are at greater risk for being involved in or witnessing accidents for which they may need to deliver bystander care.
Jacqueline Botz, who is now a student at Chapman University, was a high school student in the performing arts when she began working with our Med Tac Program. She is a student leader undertaking frontline R&D with high school and college students in Texas and California. She and our student leaders are studying the best messages that can be used to recruit and engage Med Tac leaders across the country.