Empowering Youth and Developing Leaders at the 2017 Global Health Youth Summit
July 19, 2017
GHYS participants and staff pose with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California).
For the second year in a row, two Public Health Institute projects, Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) and FACES for the Future Coalition, convened the Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS), a five-day program designed to expose traditionally underrepresented high school students to careers in global health. With USAID's support, GHFP-II and its partners FACES, GlobeMed, and Global Health Corps, invest in the future of global health by developing a pipeline of competent leaders at the high school, undergraduate, and early career levels (respectively).
This year, GHFP-II expanded GHYS from 12 to 20 California high school participants for the opportunity to explore individual strengths and global health career options. With gratitude and an open mind, GHYS participants navigated a week full of new sights, perspectives, and awareness of their role in the future of global health.
Learn more about the Global Health Youth Summit in this article on Exposure, or browse highlights below.
Mentoring the Next Generation
GHFP-II and FACES staff believe that mentors should be just as diverse as the youth we hope to inspire to pursue global health. On the first day of the summit, participants were introduced to several global health leaders at USAID and GHFP-II. In a series of lightning round discussions, GHYS students met their USAID and GHFP-II mentors with excitement and questions about what work is like at USAID and how to learn the skills needed for each job. Mentors provided candid answers and reassured our participants that it's ok to explore multiple interests to find what sticks.
Click the images below to read blogs by 2017 GHYS participants.
By the numbers, GHYS consisted of 20 participants engaged in more than 20 sessions in just five days. They heard from nearly 40 diverse speakers with expertise ranging from behavior change research to Zika prevention. Looking ahead, the future looks brighter with the addition of these students’ unique experiences, perspectives, and skills shaping global health and development.
Clockwise from left: GHYS participants walk to Capitol Hill; John Watson,
Director of External Outreach and Strategic Recruitment, USAID,
introduces careers at USAID; Chad Blevins, GIS Coordinator, USAID Office of Foreign Assistance,
assists participants in a mapping activity.