About the HOPE Program

Coordinated through Stony Brook University Hospital's Department of Community Relations, the HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) program promotes and fosters the development of promising high school students from underserved, racially and ethnically diverse communities, and strives to support them in pursuing a college education and future careers in the health care industry. Through classes and workplace shadowing experiences with Stony Brook faculty, they learn about their lives and the skills it takes to be nurses, physicians, physical therapists, laboratory technicians and other healthcare professions. Activities span two academic years and provide education, mentorship and volunteer opportunities. Participating districts include Brentwood, Longwood and Wyandanch. 

The HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) program is part of Stony Brook Medicine's Health Initiative for Underserved Communities which strives to work closely with grassroots organizations to improve access to care, provide community health education programs and screenings, and support efforts to meet the needs of people living in underserved communities.

For more information, contact us at (631) 444-5250.


High School seniors from high needs school districts celebrate their graduation from Stony Brook University’s HOPE Program on May 8, 2018. The graduates have been accepted to colleges such as Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, Notre Dame University and the University of Central Florida. 

Back row, from left: Sophia Desir, Tania Prudencio, Anthony Toledo, Alyssa Arbuiso, Jacalyn D’Ambrosio, Kristina Gonzalez
Front row, from left: Ashley Benitez, Stephanie Savin, Holdy Chauvette, Carolyn Radle