Black Girls Graduate, an online resource whose mission is to inspire and empower black women to change the narrative we see in the media, recently published a profile on PHE Chicago Program Director Brittany Merritt. Brittany also speaks to her college experiences and her career trajectory, but a highlight for us was reading what she loves most about her work at Peer Health Exchange! Brittany’s passion for her work shines in the interview, and makes us all proud to have her on this team and grateful for her leadership in Chicago. Read below for a highlight, and visit BlackGirlsGraduate.com for the full post.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to give teens the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We train college student volunteers to teach workshops on sexual health, mental health and substance use and abuse to 9th grade students. It is important that youth have access to knowledge and skills that support their physical and mental well-being so they can make active and informed decisions about their health to lead healthy lives. When observing workshops in our partner high schools and see how students interact with our volunteers and are engaged in the content we are teaching, it’s rewarding. I get to see firsthand and know that the work we do is impactful not only for the students we teach but even for the college volunteers.
What I also enjoy the most about my work is that I work with such an amazing team! I am blessed to be able to work with passionate people day in and day out who are truly committed to our organization’s mission and vision. I honestly believe that people in our organization come for the mission and stay for the people. PHE hires highly motivated and talented people which make it truly a joy to work alongside to do social impact work.