Mentor the next generation of providers. Volunteer with our Youth Awareness Program.

March 28, 2024

Delta Dental of Washington’s Youth Awareness Program partners with local schools and community programs to inspire young people across the state to explore careers in dental health through hands-on learning and workshops.

The dental industry nationwide is experiencing a shortage of dental professionals while critical job openings at dental practices remain open. This affects patients in Washington State who report waiting a long time for available appointments and difficulty finding convenient and continuing care.

As part of our mission to increase access to oral health to everyone in Washington, with no one left behind, we launched our Youth Awareness Program to inspire the next generation of diverse dental professionals.

The program focuses on training young people of color and those in communities historically underrepresented in the dental profession.

“Youth from historically underserved backgrounds are less likely to see themselves in the dental field given the lack of diverse representation. Providing a hands-on experience where kids can place fillings, apply sealants, ask questions, and gain knowledge about the field will open their eyes to the possibility of becoming a dental professional.”
- Nicolette Slaughter, Workforce Development Program Manager.

Volunteers! You will have the opportunity to help facilitate upcoming workshops and events – in whichever role fits you best.

Mentors! You will help guide students who are considering starting a career in the dental field.

We need your support to inspire the next generation. Sign-up today for more information about our volunteer and mentorship opportunities.

If you have clinical or administrative experience and are passionate about serving your community – please complete this form and our Program Manager will contact you!