USC Price in Sacramento motivating public service leaders of tomorrow
Twelve select undergraduate students recently took part in the USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento’s Summer Enrichment Program — providing them the opportunity to explore public service careers, gain valuable professional development coaching and celebrate diversity in leadership.
For nearly 10 years, the Sacramento Summer Enrichment Program (SSEP) has served as a catalyst for young adults who are interested in pursuing careers in public administration or health care administration.
Among the activities of the four-day program, the 2017 SSEP class toured the California State Capitol, Well Space Health Community Clinic, the California State Library and Sierra Health Foundation. Participants also met with more than 30 public service leaders who currently work in the Sacramento region, including representatives from:
- Association of CA Healthcare Districts
- CA Assembly
- CA State Library
- CA Research Bureau
- CA Special Districts Association
- CA Endowment
- CA Coverage & Health Initiatives
- CA Office of Emergency Services
- Chief Clerk’s Office
- Center for Community Health and Well-Being
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Institute for Local Government
- R3S Consulting
- Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Sierra Health Foundation
- USC Price School, Executive Education
- USC State Government Relations
- WellSpace Health
Each practitioner shared a story about his or her respective career path, including successes and challenges along the way, and provided professional advice based on their experiences.
“SSEP gave me the opportunity learn about careers that I had not considered and allowed me to ask meaningful questions about how I could pursue those types of jobs in my future. It was incredibly beneficial to learn directly from people who have done it,” said one SSEP participant.
Professor LaVonna Lewis, the founder of the SSEP program in both Los Angeles and Sacramento, also presented on social determinants of health and diversity in public service leadership during the program. Her vision for this program is to continue to inspire today’s young professionals to be leaders in public service roles to successfully serve our communities by giving them connections and tools to achieve their goals.
The Sacramento Summer Enrichment Program is provided at no cost to the participants, who are selected through a competitive application process. Students gain formal professional development coaching, beneficial connections to professionals leading within their organizations, and discuss cultural competency in public service.