Grow Your Own Dentist was developed to fill a need for dentists in Kansas. There are areas of Kansas which are called “Dental Deserts” which do not have a dentist close to them. In order to fill this need, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation partnered with the Kansas Dental Association, Junior Achievement and The Ellis Foundation to help Kansas Grow Your Own Dentist. The program introduces high school students to career opportunities in the dental field and offers hands-on experience to give insight into dental careers.
Junior Achievement Careers with a Purpose is a seven session course, classroom-based, work-readiness program and is recommended for high school students in grades 9-12. This program helps students answer the question of what they want to be when they grow up. In addition to providing students with information about specific career paths, the program activities include:
The Ellis Foundation mission is to provide high school graduates, who have limited resources, access to higher education. They do so by partnering with individuals, corporations, foundations and institutions such as the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation. Together, they provide educational support to prepare capable students to become America’s future leaders. The Ellis Foundation works with high school counselors to identify deserving students with financial needs who have the desire and the ability to pursue a career in dentistry. Scholarship students are monitored and mentored throughout their undergraduate course. Through this encouraging process, The Ellis Foundation has graduated successful students which develop into productive leaders.