Mr. Eric Chen will graduate from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2014. He has been active in community service during his tenure as a student including being a part of the New Hope Free Clinic (Compassion Clinic), the Homeless Mobile Clinic, the Nicaragua Mission Trip, and Mary’s Mercy Center among others.
As part of the New Hope Free Clinic project, Mr. Chen saw an opportunity to focus on helping disenfranchised teens. He recruited 24 volunteer dental students to conduct dental screenings. After an initial assessment, it became apparent that these teens would benefit from having a special dental program designated just for them, and this began YouthHope. Now Mr. Chen has an agreement with with the New Hope Free Clinic to treat 2 teens weekly removing them from the general wait list of 800 people. This program has become a great success at Youth Hope.
“I am grateful that I have worked with truly wonderful people that are equally committed to community service as I am,” said Mr. Chen. “Amazing mentors have shown me that it is possible to do excellent work both in private practice as well as be committed to quality community service. Inspiration comes naturally with the team of volunteers that I work with and I am humbled by their acts of kindness and dedication to the various projects I am also part of. They continue to be a great source of motivation to keep moving forward.”