After my second year in Marist college, I came back home to Hunts Point and spent the summer interning within the community for Urban Health Plan. I worked closely on various projects that benefit the neighborhood like planning the Walking Group, and increasing the participation in our Zumba and the Food Box programs. I also planned a Play Street in which children in the Hunts Point community were able to come out and play safely in a car-free street. In addition to community work, I shadowed professionals such as health educators, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and primary care doctors. This allowed me to get a better taste of various health care professions that I could pursue in the future. Seeing all the work that is being done to make Hunts Point a healthy livable place for children and families to live in despite the drug and violence faced daily was interesting. The overall internship allowed me to work with the community I have been a part of my entire life.
**Chelsea is a junior at Marist College and has been an HPAC Scholar since joining the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble in 6th grade.