Meet Project Promise’s COVID-19 Youth Ambassadors

When St. Croix nonprofit Project Promise launched its Caterpillar Project to provide a full range of programming for a group of at-risk youth, it made community service an integral part of the program. The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped this. In fact, it is the focus of their current efforts! With the goal of creating and implementing a community service project that can potentially impact the entire St. Croix community, the “Caterpillars” have completed Heart to Heart International’s COVID-19 Youth Ambassador program.

Based on guidelines from the CDC and the WHO, the COVID-19 Youth Ambassador Program was created for high school students to lead a new generation of health educators. Heart to Heart International’s training program taught these teens a wealth of information about COVID-19. For example, they learned about the disease’s biology, symptoms, risks, and prevention, and looked at COVID-19’s mental health considerations and warning signs. Once they had a solid base of knowledge from which to work, the students participated in a live online workshop in which they received expert assistance creating their own COVID-19 community outreach plan.

Participating in the program helped the Caterpillars develop their critical thinking, communication, problem solving and collaboration skills while becoming leaders in their communities. Project Promise’s newly certified COVID-19 Youth Ambassadors are now excited to launch their “Stop the Spread” educational campaign. The group will be using a variety of social media platforms to educate others about how to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

“Despite the fact that they are all at home,” says Resa O’Reilly, Project Promise’s founder and president, “our youth are seeing that they can still have a positive impact on the lives of others and do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

News coverage of the volunteer youth ambassadors:

Meet Heart to Heart International’s newest COVID-19 Youth Ambassadors:

 J’Neelah Daniel


Age:
15

Location:
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

What I want to be when I grow up:
Entrepreneur 

Why I am excited to be a Youth Ambassador:
I am excited to be a certified Youth Ambassador because it’s exciting to share important information with the community and help the community become safe and clean.


Kinaya Davis


Age:
14

Location:
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

What I want to be when I grow up:
Pediatrician

Why I am excited to be a Youth Ambassador:
I am excited to be a certified Youth Ambassador because I get to teach adults, teenagers, and kids how to prevent the spread of the virus and educate them about COVID-19. And, I get to make sure that they wear masks correctly, social distance, cough in their shoulder, and stay home if they’re not feeling well.

Zeeken Mark


Age:
15

Location:
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

What I want to be when I grow up:
Video Game Designer

Why I am excited to be a Youth Ambassador:
I am excited to be a certified Youth Ambassador because it is a great opportunity to help protect people in our community from the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Layla O’Reilly 


Age:
15

Location:
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

What I want to be when I grow up:
Obstetrician 

Why I am excited to be a Youth Ambassador:
I am excited to be a certified Youth Ambassador because I can find new ways to help our community.

If you are interested in participating in the Heart to Heart International COVID-19 Youth Ambassador program, contact us at covid19@hearttoheart.org.

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Categories: Access to Healthcare , Coronavirus , Disaster Response , Training , Volunteers