On November 1, supporters and health advocates gathered at Kirkland & Ellis LLP to honor four Peer Health Exchange high school students Yareli Avila, Ayobami Omidiji, Keshawn Price, and Zaria Washington.
Each student wrote a compelling essay in response to prompts on the health issues young people face, how they could encourage their friends, families, and communities to make health(ier) decisions, and the impact of Peer Health Exchange on students and their schools. Yareli’s essay focused on consent and peer advocacy; Ayobami’s essay centered on mental health; Keshawn wrote about gender identity in support of inclusive spaces; and Zaria’ essay described the importance of safe sex practices.
Keynote speaker, Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board Member, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Reproductive Health, Dr. Candice Norcott, spoke about the value of writing as an important tool for reflection and recovery, and the positive impacts of centering stories from young people.
It was so powerful to have a community of supporters uplift our four high school students and celebrate their stories! Your continued support ensures that young people across Chicago have access to high-quality, free, and affordable healthcare. Thank you for Celebrating Youth Voices with us!
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Special thank you to Kirkland & Ellis