The Beginnings


In the spring semester of 2013, among a barrage of exams, first year medical student Yair Saperstein and undergraduate student Yosefa Schoor were inspired to help pediatric patients and their siblings everywhere. After shadowing physicians and observing how hospitals function, the two students realized that when a child is admitted, three things occur. Time freezes. Apprehension rises. Boredom ensues. There was seldom enough entertainment or resources available to keep children’s curious minds occupied. 


With the mentorship and guidance of Dean Edward Burns of Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), TEACH was thus created to fill a growing need. For Yair and Yosefa, TEACH was the solution to entertain children in hospital beds with only a television set and a motorized bed for days and weeks of hardship.


TEACH Today

As of the Fall of 2014 TEACH has enlisted the help of over 470 volunteers and currently operates in nine hospitals in the New York area. University students develop an idea for a module, translate the idea into a practical design and implement the module for eager patients and their siblings. 

Popular modules include constructing an egg-drop contraption to demonstrate concepts in Physics; creating silly putty to reinforce how Chemistry explains the development of polymer molecules; and an experiment involving yeast and balloons which demonstrates the biological concept of respiration. These lessons are designed to distract children from the often difficult and tiring treatments which they face. We are teaching for healing. 


As we share our passion and ideas with other university students and hospitals, TEACH continues to grow with plans in the works for expansion at the national level.


Benefits

The gains do not lie only with the children whom we teach.  A milieu of helpfulness, of teaching, of giving, and of sharing radiates beyond the confines of just the volunteer teachers and the patients and siblings whom we teach. This sense of growth and of purpose extends throughout the hospitals in which we teach, and to the surrounding communities as well. 

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