B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Host Site: Dye Clay YMCA
What is your title and role at your host site?
I will be serving as the Health Educator for the Dye Clay YMCA. Through this position, I will manage the development and implementation of health programs for students in low-income communities in Clay County. This will involve educating children on factors that influence their health, working on initiatives to lower screen time, managing programs that promote running and other physical activities for children, as well as researching possible new programs aimed at promoting children’s health.
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps Program?
In the future, I want to become a doctor who values community outreach and the huge interplay between public health and medicine. The NHC Florida program offers me an opportunity to learn more about public health and become more familiar with the vulnerable populations that I wish to serve in the future. Additionally, the program will allow me to fulfill my passion for service and make a meaningful difference in the community.
What are you hoping ot gain from your year of service?
Over the next year, I hope to increase my awareness of health issues that permeate society but that are overlooked by the vast majority. Through working to combat these issues, I also hope to gain organizational skills and a creative outlook on community building that will be vital in a future career in the field of health.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
Following my year of AmeriCorps service, I plan to either attend medical school or pursue a master’s in public health (or both!)
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I envision myself completing medical school and working toward becoming a doctor who values the importance of community outreach and focuses my work on impacting vulnerable populations.