SUMMER SCIENCE PROGRAM: For four weeks this year, 24 high school juniors and seniors were paired with faculty mentors in the LSU Health Sciences Center to learn about careers in health professions through the LSUHSC Summer Science Program.

The outreach program, established in 1985, is an initiative of the Office of Community and Minority Health Education at the LSUHSC School of Medicine. The program has been instrumental in increasing the diversity of the health professions workforce.

This year’s participants came from McDonogh 35 Senior High School, St. Katherine Drexel Preparatory School, New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Brother Martin High School, Lusher High School, A Different World Academy, Belle Chasse High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, Lake Area High School and Warren Easton High School. All have demonstrated a serious interest in pursuing a career in health, a requirement for admission to the program.

The students were assigned projects in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, genetics, anatomy, orthopedic surgery, nursing, nephrology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology and obstetrics-gynecology.

They also had opportunities for hands-on learning experiences in the LSUHSC School of Medicine’s anatomical specimen lab and new-era human patient simulation centers.

LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: Openings remain in grades K-12 at Louisiana Connections Academy, a free public virtual charter school.

“Most of the openings are in grades six to 12,” Principal Shuanessy Matthews said. “Therefore, if your middle or high school student is not happy with their school assignment or if virtual schooling would help your student excel in the 2014-15 school year, contact us now.”

Information sessions are scheduled throughout the state and online. To find the session nearest you or most convenient for your schedule, go to www.Connections or call the school at (225) 372-8389.

EARLY LEARNING: Registration is open for a prekindergarten 3-year-old program at St. Mary’s Academy, 6905 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans.

For information, call Sandra Regis at (504) 245-0318 or visit

SCHOLARSHIPS: The benefits of participating in the New Orleans Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy and the Each One Save One mentoring program have increased with the establishment of an annual college scholarship program for those young people.

The annual scholarships will be worth up to $4,000 for two selected participants who demonstrate academic achievement, community participation, leadership skills and financial need.

The program was developed by the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation and the Jack Fielkow Scholarship Fund.

The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium opened in 2012, replacing a 55-year-old facility that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

For information on the New Orleans Urban Youth Academy, visit or call Dale Brock at (504) 282-0443.

Each One Save One is a volunteer mentorship program. For information, visit or call (504) 896-9979.