Hello SSP Youth Leaders,
We are very excited to work with all of you this summer at Greater Grand Crossing. As you all may already know, we will be based in Gary Comer Youth Center and do service both within the center and with surrounding organizations that serve the Greater Grand Crossing community. We hope that these upcoming weeks can allow us to get to know you better and we hope that this opportunity at SSP allows you to use your wonderful talents and skills in service of the community we will be working in. We wanted to also take some time to introduce ourselves.
My name is Erik Almazan and I am a rising fourth year at The University of Chicago. I am a biological sciences major and premedical student interested in community health and health disparities. The beginning of SSP and first days at to Gary Comer Youth Center has been full of surprises. I am overjoyed at all the resources the center has for its students and community members, as well as by the enthusiasm of the staff here. All of this has made me very optimistic about our partnership for the summer and all the potential service projects we will be able to use to engage the community. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you and excited about the work we will do over the course of the following weeks in Greater Grand Crossing.
My name is Julia Baird and I am a rising second year at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. In the future, I hope to pursue a medical career that is centered in adolescent and community health, focusing on the social determinants of health. I am thrilled to be participating in the Summer Service Partnership and getting the opportunity to apply the concepts I have learned in the classroom to the real world. During the first week of SSP, I have enjoyed meeting my fellow mentors and learning more about the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood and our host site, the Gary Comer Youth Center. As someone interested in adolescent health, one of my favorite aspects of exploring the neighborhood so far was attending the final “Town Hall Meeting” put on by high school students, who attend Gary Comer College Prep. The show was full of spirit and energy and invigorated me to become more involved with this community.