Overview

The RISE Youth Engagement Initiative (YEI) is a youth-led project that engages teens as sexual and reproductive health research partners. The YEI brings together a cohort of 15 young people, aged 15-18, from the metro Atlanta area to lead their own reproductive health research project. Youth will be trained in public health outcomes research, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, and will collectively conduct a community assessment on a reproductive health issue of their choice. The goal of this project is to help young people develop skills in leadership, research, community engagement, and most importantly provide youth-centric insight to reproductive health research in the Southeastern U.S.

Team

Melissa Kottke

Melissa Kottke

Emory School of Medicine
Founding Director, Research Core

Jessica McDermott Sales

Jessica McDermott Sales

Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Founding Director, Education Core

Victoria Donnelly

Victoria Donnelly

Project Coordinator

Deborah Chen

Deborah Chen

Graduate Research Assistant

Celeste Ellison

Celeste Ellison

Graduate Research Assistant

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