Angela Montero - Health Youth Advocate
I am a senior at Woodrow Wilson high school and a peer advocate with the Young Women’s Project. I am going to start school at Barnard college in the fall and I plan to study biochemistry and gender. I plan to one day go to medical school or to graduate school for public health. I currently also work as a hospice care volunteer and a chemistry tutor. I first got involved in the Young Women’s Project as a part of the Youth Health Action Council. A friend of mine dragged me to weekly meetings in which we were trained to be peer educators. When I was learning about sexual health through Young Women’s Project I realized how little of that information I was actually learning in health class. The next year I officially got hired as a peer educator and I got involved in the Young Women’s Project’s advocacy campaign to update the health standards and make them more comprehensive. Testifying and advocating for these standards became my favorite part of the job. After two years I finally got to see the Health standards passed and all our hard work put to use to improve health education for all DCPS students. In the end, I hope that the work we are doing here helps to make sure that every teen in DCPS gets access to accurate, helpful and well-rounded health information and I hope that we as educators offer our peers support and contraception that allows everyone to stay safe and healthy.