United States of America
Jeanine Nasser is a 17-year-old high school student from Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Jeanine became interested in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) after learning about the field through one of her teachers at her high school. After learning about various global health issues through attending conferences at Harvard University and Lesley University and immersing herself in literature related to infectious diseases and public health policy, a visit to the UNFPA headquarters alongside a few of her fellow classmates during her sophomore year of high school confirmed her interest in SRHR. During the second semester of her sophomore year, that same teacher encouraged Jeanine to apply for a scholarship to the Women Deliver conference that would be hosted in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, which she successfully obtained. This summer, Jeanine will be interning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health to assist in conducting epidemiological research. Now, as a Country Coordinator for the IYAFP and a member of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), Jeanine hopes to use her position to begin on the local level by facilitating assemblies and workshops relating to SRHR in her community and refine the sexual education curriculum at her school; she also hopes to eventually serve as a mentor to youth her age who are interested in getting involved in the realm of SRHR for the rest of her high school career and beyond. Jeanine intends to continue her advocacy in SRHR when she matriculates at university in fall 2017.