Jessica Fei, 16, is currently a junior at Hunter College High School in New York City. Jessica has devoted herself for the past two years to the Young People's Project of Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), http://www.apicha.org. As an HIV/AIDS peer educator, Jessica has facilitated workshops at New York City high schools and colleges on themes ranging from HIV and STDs to time/stress management, self-defense, cultural diversity, soft-counseling, and immigrant rights. Jessica also conducts street outreaches and site visits to health providers. As a Chinese-American young person, Jessica seeks to make her peers aware of the role of culture and religion in determining a person's health. She firmly believes that a willingness to learn from and talk to others is the first step to winning the battle against HIV/AIDS.
"Do your part and educate people in your own community starting with friends and family; the message will spread all over the world."
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