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Chicago diversifies volunteer corps while expanding high school partnerships

Published on December 19th, 2018

Peer Health Exchange Chicago has made meaningful progress towards ensuring our volunteer corps is more reflective of the high school students and communities we serve. Specifically, for the 2018-2019 program year, 11 percent of our volunteers identify as Black and 12 percent identify as Latinx, exceeding our goal of 10 percent identifying as Black and 10 percent identifying as Latinx.

The University of Illinois at Chicago volunteers. L-R clockwise: Sana Alnajjar; Claudia Lowe; Max Ackerman; Claudia Debruyn; Michael Martinez; Franc De Guzman; Isra Hasnain; Jyotsna Bitra; Tiff Besana; Angelika Kwak; Dyese Moody; Stella Udoetuk

“Recognizing and valuing the worth of all people is a necessity to advance health equity,” said Peer Health Exchange Chicago Program Director Ericka Dawson “My undeniable passion to challenge unjust systems that diminish human worth drives my focus and supports the mission and vision of Peer Health Exchange.  I truly believe that by one decision, one moment, one thought, and one conversation at a time, we can achieve health equity and the possibilities are endless.”

Peer Health Exchange Chicago launched the 2018-2019 program year with 299 active health educators teaching in 25 high schools in 20 Chicago neighborhoods. This year Chicago added four new high partners: Michelle Clark Magnet High School, Farragut Career Academy, Marshall Metropolitan High School, and North-Grand High School.

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