Four Chicago tenth-grade students honored for their powerful testimonies at Peer Health Exchange's Celebrating Youth Voices

CHICAGO, Nov. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Whether advocating for a friend, communicating about consent or making a real-time decision about their mental healtha??four Chicago tenth-grade students were celebrated for their powerful testimonies November 1, describing the very real choices they face as young people, and how Peer Health Exchange encouraged them to think differently about their health. Celebrating Youth Voices brought together the city's philanthropic, education, and youth advocate leaders, in support of Peer Health Exchange's work throughout Chicago. The event featured remarks from CICS Northtown Academy student Yareli Avila, a Peer Health Exchange participant in the 2018-2019 program year. "Consent is a broad term so it doesn't necessarily only apply to sex," said Avila. "I recently talked to a friend who explained how her boyfriend wanted to take things even further than just kissing. She said she wasn't ready for that, but by her denying his request he made her feel like she didn't actually love him. I immediately remembered my PHE class and how pressuring someone into doing something is abusing our consent." Avila went on to share how participating in Peer Health Exchange shifted her mindset, and encouraged her to advocate for healthy behaviors in her community. The celebration held at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, marked the beginning of Peer Health Exchange's program year. Attendees also heard from Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board Member Dr. Candice Norcott, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Reproductive Health.
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