Middletown, NY – Taking great interest in the youth of our community and fostering programs that build leadership skills, Orange Regional Medical Center proudly hosted 34 eighth grade students representing fourteen school districts in Orange County through Junior Leadership Orange on December 12. The students took a break from their studies to help staff decorate the Hospital for the holidays as part of a volunteer effort required through the program. Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, spoke to the students about art and the healing environment it provides throughout the Hospital.
The Junior Leadership Orange Program is a collaboration between the Orange County Youth Bureau and Leadership Orange. This youth empowerment program is designed to provide leadership skills, life skills, career exposure and preparedness to area youth who will serve as the business leaders of tomorrow. The program takes place during the school day and students travel together once a month to various locations in Orange County to attend interactive educational presentations. Students meet with instructors and facilitators from a variety of sectors in leadership positions in Orange County and receive training in many areas including leadership; education and college readiness; the judicial system; public speaking and communication; volunteerism; diversity; fiscal literacy; time-management and quality of life. Topics facing youth are specifically addressed.
The Junior Leadership Orange Program is provided at no cost participating students, their families or the school districts. Since the program’s inception, over 100 youth have graduated.
Orange Regional’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller, currently serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Orange.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.