Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service, Inc. has announced it will be continuing its Youth Corps Program during the upcoming school year.
The program was started one year ago with seven high school students comprising the inaugural class. The students received formal training in CPR and First Aid, ran blood pressure clinics, took field trips to medical settings and received one-on-one mentoring by SAVES personnel.
In addition to boosting their resumes, it is hoped the students will continue their involvement with SAVES throughout high school, and hopefully beyond.
"We couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments and contributions to SAVES and the community," said Jeff VanBeveren, director of operations at SAVES.
The mission of the Youth Corps is to provide a valuable and rewarding experience to select students looking for exposure to the fields of medicine, health care and emergency response. Program Coordinator Josh Calley notes that students will spend two to four hours a week at SAVES.
"In addition to their CPR training, they will be responsible for checking rigs, taking routine blood pressures on walk-ins and at blood pressure clinics, participating in Corps meetings, and even taking some field trips to an area hospital and Medevac Helicopter Unit," Calley said. "When the students are ready, they can begin riding to calls, but there is no set timetable for how quickly this will take place."
Members of last year's Youth Corps class included Luke Chapin, Maddy Elia, Nina Elia, Brenna Fiutak, Duncan Mahood, Claire Motyl and Holly Ross.
Students interested in joining the Youth Corp need to complete an application, available at SAVES, 77 Fennell St., or online at savesambulance.com.
Basic requirements include completion of the eighth grade, a grade point average of 80 or higher and a routine medical exam. Calley anticipates accepting five to seven students into this year's Youth Corp.
For more information on the program, contact VanBeveren at 685-5217, John Haberstock at 685-4526 or Calley at 436-2840.
SAVES, founded in 1968, is an independent, non-profit organization not directly affiliated with the town or village of Skaneateles. SAVES responds to approximately 900 emergencies per year in Skaneateles and surrounding communities. SAVES is staffed by more than 40 trained professionals and volunteers, including 12 paramedics and a dedicated base of volunteer attendants and drivers.
For more information on SAVES, visit the Web site at savesambulance.com.