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Mayo Clinic RISE for Equity Podcast: Episode 8

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Equipping the Next Generation

Featuring Walé Elegbede, M.B.A., PMP, President, Rochester NAACP and Director, Mayo Clinic RISE for Youth
Faizza Omar, RISE Up Youth Scholar Safa Sheikhibraihim, RISE Up Youth Scholar

We are all born with potential, but not all of us are given the opportunity to realize it. This is particularly true of young people of color. The RISE for Youth program seeks to bridge the gap, with a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the NAACP (Rochester), designed to help underrepresented students find power against those odds. Featuring RISE for Youth program leader Walé Elegbede, and two rising star students, Host Lee Hawkins leads this candid conversation on the impact of representation on our youth’s success.

“The beauty about this is, we’re not going to decide; they’re going to decide what they want to do. So, if they want to work in the healthcare field, that’s perfectly fine. We are going to support them. But if you want to, for example, become a restaurant owner or a small business, we’re going to support you along that journey.”

— Walé Elegbede

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