Alum of the Month
Alum of the Month: Kwasi Yeboah Jr.
My two civics fair projects on violence and STI rates made me more involved in my community than ever before. I had no idea this club and the projects would change me so much
Tell us about your Mikva Challenge experience.
I was part of the Mikva Challenge Student Voices Club at Bowen High School for two years. We had this amazing teacher, Ms. Forbes, who encouraged me to join the club and be more involved in the school. I had no idea this club and the projects would change me so much. It was amazing to witness the level of commitment and the amount of hard work we were all willing to put into the projects that we did, without even getting a grade at the end of the day. It was all because we loved having our voices heard and doing things that could make life a little better for everyone in the school.
The project I’m most proud of is the HIV/AIDS project. Through extensive research we found that STI rates for youth were climbing in our community and there were no action being taken to stop that hike. We decided to tackle the issue head-on by setting up testing satiations in our school and educating the students on ways to prevent STI’s. It was very cool and we won an award at the Mikva Civics Fair for it.
What are you doing now?
I’m currently the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Chicago Scholars Foundation and I’m also working towards a graduate degree from Loyola University. I’m also very deeply involved with media projects on the South Side, where I’m trying to showcase youth from violence ridden neighborhoods in a positive light.
How has your experience as a Mikva Challenge youth informed where you are today?
Being part of the Mikva Challenge made me realize that youth voice is very important and can make a difference. My two civics fair projects on violence and STI rates made me more involved in the community than ever before and once I started seeing the value of youth work I invested myself even more in community projects. The other really cool thing that Mikva does is that it connects young people from all over the city. I remember feeling like I was part of this bigger movement at the Civics Fair which brought together so many teenagers doing such great projects in schools around the city.