Youth Development

Recruitment for the 2021-2022 Health Corps team is now closed. Please check back in January for information on 2022-2023 recruitment.

The Washington AIDS Partnership recruits and mentors a team of 10 young people who serve at Washington, D.C. health care and community-based service providers. Each Health Corps fellow is a critical resource for the community. The 2019-2020 team tested and counseled nearly 3,000 for HIV and other STIs, provided health education to more than 17,000 people, and helped over 4,000 people access primary and mental health care, hospice, and other supportive services. In addition to helping people improve their lives and health, fellows grow immensely through a year of service. To date, the Partnership has mentored over 250 young people, now leaders in the health, legal, and education fields.

Fellows are placed at a variety of nonprofit agencies. The 2021-2022 host agencies for the program include HIPS, Joseph’s House, La Clinica del Pueblo, Latin American Youth Center, Mary’s Center, and Whitman-Walker Health.

Improving Lives Through Service: Fellow Quotes

Reagan, 2020-2021

“Joseph’s House has touched and changed nearly every part of who I am. I feel so much more grounded in myself and feel a much sharper vision of what I want out of life. I applied to this fellowship because I wanted to learn more about the emotional experience of illness. I have learned so much about witnessing illness, guiding patients through it, and what I need to do for myself so that I don’t become too overwhelmed by this work to carry on. I am SO grateful to this fellowship for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow so much!”

Sarah, 2013-2014

“I learn more from the women of N Street Village than I could ever teach them. At N Street Village, I am part of a diverse group of social workers, advocates, educators, nurses, doctors, and volunteers that serve the homeless and extremely low-income women of D.C. I work in a trauma-informed care environment that uses an intensive case management model, culturally competent, holistic approach. My work at N Street is both challenging and fulfilling. My client population is typically much older than I am, and I had a steep learning curve in learning to effectively communicate and interact with the women. However, I’ve learned to take the time to listen, to ask questions, to check-in, and to follow up to build healthy relationships. N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery where we are in solidarity with our women and serve them with dignity and respect. The women share humbling stories that break my heart, and motivate me to never stop working for health equity, access, and justice.”

Ryan, 2003-2004

“There is a tired mantra sung by fresh college grads about the desire to do practical work following school. Working with the Washington AIDS Partnership seemed like the best way for me to get that real life experience. My assumption was correct, but the experience was wrapped a lot differently than I had anticipated. 

My placement at Joseph’s House has been unlike any work I have ever done, or ever will do again. I share in a process of living and dying with the men that has taught me invaluable lessons as well as served to redirect my personal goals and ambitions. Moreover, the men and staff at Joseph’s House have taught me about the world of homelessness, sickness, pain and drug abuse, a world that far too frequently gets distorted, ignored or forgotten. I have little doubt that someday when I look back on my year of service I will be unable to properly examine my experiences without seeing the impact they had on the rest of my life.”