In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re showcasing a few of our volunteers this week and their commitment to young people and Peer Health Exchange’s mission.
Name: Mykel Hickman
College/ University: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Major: Criminal Justice Administration
Why did you decide to volunteer at Peer Health Exchange?
I chose to volunteer with Peer Health Exchange because I believe that it is important to give back to the community and help increase the knowledge of the youth.
What about Peer Health Exchange’s vision or mission attracted you to the organization?
I liked that the mission is to empower the youth with some key essentials in life to make wise and healthy decisions. The vision also attracted me to Peer Health Exchange because they encourage health equity and the improvement of health outcomes for youth.
How long have you been a volunteer at Peer Health Exchange?
I have been with Peer Health Exchange since September 2017.
What have you gained and/or learned from volunteering at Peer Health Exchange?
I have learned that it isn’t as easy to relate to youth as I thought it would be because they like to ask in-depth questions and I have to remember that they are just teenagers and don’t and won’t understand the severity of certain topics.
What does health equity mean to you?
Health equity to me means that everyone has access to the best health care regardless of economic status.
What has been your most memorable moment as a Peer Health Exchange volunteer?
The most memorable time as a volunteer has been opening up the pilot for mental health at Jordan Starr High School in Watts, CA and seeing how interested and interactive the 9th graders were, it gave off a very positive and optimistic outlook at what the 6-week program was going to look like. Their energy was great.
What issues are you most concerned about?
That maybe I am not teaching it in a learning style that best fits all of the students in the classroom and some of them will end the programs without gaining the information that was given, making the program unsuccessful/beneficial to that particular individual.
Who inspires you and/or who is your role model when it comes to health advocacy and why?
Dr. Sebi, who was an herbalist, because he was so knowledgeable about health and natural healing. He made countless videos discussing health and promoting positive health and nutrition.
Anything else you would want us to know about you and/or your experience with Peer Health Exchange?
I’m very happy that joined Peer Health Exchange, I have had the opportunity to meet some great people and high schoolers. I was nervous about how the experience would be at first, but after a few meetings, I got out of my comfort zone and really started to enjoy the experience.