The mission of APOYO is to educate, support, and provide resources for pregnant adolescents in the Washington Heights community through fostering collaborative relationships between medical student mentors and participating adolescents.
APOYO is a student-run service learning and mentoring program. The goals of this program are threefold:
1. Educate and provide resources for pregnant adolescents in the Washington Heights community.
2. Educate and provide unique opportunities for first and second year medical students to work with underserved adolescents.
3. Foster a collaborative, supportive environment among medical students and participating adolescents, with the possibility of establishing more longitudinal relationships between medical student mentor and adolescent pairs.
Classes will focus on topics of sexual health, pregnancy, and infant care. Through APOYO, we hope to provide the adolescent with another form of support and education that they might not necessarily receive in their clinics. We want them to feel comfortable throughout their pregnancies and equipped with the proper resources to care for their newborns. We also hope that the medical students will become more confident interacting with vulnerable patient populations and treating all their future patients in a holistic manner.