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The B.E.S.T. Program

The B.E.S.T. (Brain Expansions Scholastic Training) Program, Tampa, Florida

The B.E.S.T. (Brain Expansions Scholastic Training) Program is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a long- lasting positive impact on the lives of underrepresented and disadvantaged youth, with specific encouragement and exposure to health-related careers. Dr. Dexter Frederick, who founded the B.E.S.T. program with assistance from the USF Area Health Education Center, provides guidance and instruction for the youth of Tampa to encourage and enable them to become future health care professionals.

A Letter from the President and Board of Directors of B.E.S.T

Dear Friends and Students,
When the B.E.S.T. Program started in 2004, we did not know how far and how deep the mission of B.E.S.T. would penetrate. Its dedication to encouraging and exposing young middle and high school students to careers in health has been our top priority. In the last 3 years, we have served approximately 60 students who attend a varied number of our public and private schools in the Tampa Bay Area. We have visited a number of our health care facilities from Tampa General Hospital to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The B.E.S.T. Board of Directors is proud of the fact that after-school programs have successfully been established in three schools in the East Tampa area. In collaboration with agencies such as USF Volunteers, Gulfcoast North AHEC, and the USF College of Medicine, learning about health careers, science and mathematics became fun and enriching for our students. The majority of the students maintained honor roll status and we salute them.       

For the first time this year we hosted Medical Jeopardy, where teams from the three participating schools were quizzed on subject matter they learned throughout the year. Beginning in the fall of 2007, the B.E.S.T. Program will extend the program to other area schools such as Middleton High School, Academy Prep and the new Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School. We are proud of the students who have been involved in this program. We know that the exposure given will produce a burning desire to keep their vision of being in a health care professional alive. We will continue to create a framework for learning that is fun and engaging and where students see themselves as part of the family of health professionals.

Learn more at: www.brainexpansions.org