High School Ambassador Conference Encourages Students to Explore Behavioral Health Careers

2016 HS Amb Kearney Conf

More than 70 Nebraska high school juniors and seniors converged on Kearney early in April 2016 to learn more about working in behavioral health fields. This was the fourth High School Ambassador Conference BHECN has hosted in Kearney, which helps connect rural students with mentors, information and resources to help them explore behavioral health careers.

One student commented, “I learned a lot and because of it, I’m even more interested in a behavioral health career!”
A total of 64 facilitators consisting of faculty and students from UNMC, UNK, and Chadron State College, and providers representing diverse behavioral health and substance abuse professions presented and interacted with the students.
“The High School Ambassador conference is the beginning of the pipeline in recruiting future behavioral health professionals in rural Nebraska,” said BHECN’s Director, Howard Liu, M.D. “By identifying high school students with an interest in behavioral health careers before they even enter college, we’re able to connect them with faculty and professionals in the field to help mentor them and shape their careers.” 

View a video of the 2015 High School Ambassador Conference: