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New York City Department of Health
Office of Public Affairs
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Lauren Margulies
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


NYC Teens, Aged 16-18, Play Key Role in Disseminating Public Health Information to Community

The New York City Department of Health (DOH) announced today that it will sponsor a Public Health Youth Corps program in collaboration with the Board of Education. Twenty-five teenagers entering their junior and senior year in high school will be hired as summer community educators.

Teens involved in Youth Corps will meet daily with local community groups to give presentations and deliver educational material, focusing on West Nile virus prevention, control, and personal protection measures. Tobacco, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, and other important health issues relevant to New Yorkers will also be addressed. Supervised by graduate students, Youth Corps participants will have the opportunity to develop skills in community outreach, public speaking, team building, and health-related decision-making, as well as gain proficiency as public health educators and role models.

Energetic, responsible students entering their junior and senior year of high school are invited to apply to the Public Health Youth Corps program. Graduate students may also apply to be Youth Corp supervisors. Applications, due on May 31st, can be found on the DOH Web site at Further information about the program is also available at or by calling the DOH Office of Community Relations at (212) 788-4735.