|The YAC (Youth Advisory Council) is a structured forum for solicitation of input regarding research priorities, protocol vetting, study implantation and discussion of research challenges for youths directly impacted by iTech studies. YAC meetings are also used as an opportunity for education, training and discussion of results and strategies for dissemination of research findings. YAC meetings are held once a month.
C’Essence is an upcoming senior at G.W. Carver HSES, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She participants in after school sports such as girls volleyball and managing boys volleyball. She is the older child, and she has one sibling named Chase. He is seven years old and her best friend. She wants to attend Temple University when she graduates high school. She wants to major in accounting.
S’yhirah Taylor just graduated from Paul Robeson HS on June 20, 2017. She will attend Cabrini University as a freshman beginning on August 24th, 2017 as a psychology major and theater minor. Acting is her passion and she also really loves dancing. She’s very humorous and sarcastic and funny. She loves to be around friends and family. She loves animals and food. She wants to be a professional actress and psychiatrist.
Jamal Arrington is an avis Ps4 video game player. He was a very successful NBA 2K gamer, but now he plays Destiny mostly. He’s a writer/poet, currently working on his first play script and mapping out his first novel. It is his goal to be a New York Times bestseller, Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient.
Alejandro (Alex) Fernandez
Alex is a Public Health major graduating now in the summer of 2017. He’s looking to get a 2nd degree in Nursing; then go to the university for a master’s in both. He enjoys video games, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and a variety of other things. He has a sibling who is older than he is. He works for the University of South Florida in their IT department. He loves to paint and read, especially mythology.
Daniel is a second year MMSc student in the Immunology Program at Harvard Medical School. He is a lifetime resident of Boston, and has been receiving care at Fenway Health since the age of 19. At the Fenway Institute and Mass General Hospital, he is pursuing projects related to his interests including systems biology, translational medicine, and LGBT health. He is the youngest of four children and currently plays the role of uncle to four niblings below the age of 4. In his spare time he enjoys practicing yoga, participating in triathlons and volunteering to help the homeless.
Kendrick Forte, age 23, is an auditor for the State of North Carolina. He considers himself to be a fun and energetic person, filled of livliness and a passion for mentoring and helping others. Kendrick enjoys watching the news and Jeopardy, as well as dancing, specialty: vogue. Graduating from NC Central University, he wants to take him knowledge of accounting and auditing and teach upon retiring.
Ron is a lover of nature, so long as he doesn’t have to sweat! In his spare time he enjoys being a foodie, crafting new cocktails, volunteering with community related projects, and being awesome. One of Ron’s recent accomplishment is celebrating the 1st year anniversary of his consulting firm (Paving the Way Consultancy). Ron completed his Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies at the University of South Florida and currently working on his Master’s degree in Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.