STRIVE supports low-income young people living with sickle cell disease through one-on-one academic tutoring, mentoring, peer support and advocacy.

Application Information:

If you are a young person living with sickle cell disease, email Kepler Jeudy at kepler@nextstepnet.org.

To volunteer with STRIVE, email strive@pbha.org.

Student Director Contact Information:

Carew Giberson-Chen and Jenna Zhang

strive@pbha.org

Staff Contact Information:

Kerry McGowan

kerry@pbha.org

1-617-495-3684

STRIVE (standing for “Sickle cell Teens, Raising awareness, Initiating change, Voicing opinions, Empowering themselves”), supports low-income young people living with sickle cell disease, an incurable genetic disorder. Teens living with sickle cell disease often miss weeks of school, leading to poorer educational outcomes and social isolation. In response, STRIVE offers a weekly program that provides one-on-one academic tutoring, mentoring, peer support and advocacy.

STRIVE is a program of Next Step, a national organization dedicated to providing support for young people struggling with the challenges associated with life-threatening illnesses. PBHA hosts the Harvard chapter of STRIVE, with volunteers making weekly visits to Boston Children’s Hospital.

strive_2Join STRIVE

If you are a young person living with sickle cell disease who is interested in participating in this program, or if you know a young person who may be interested, please contact our program director, Kepler Jeudy, at kepler@nextstepnet.org.

If you are interested in volunteering with STRIVE, please email strive@pbha.org. Volunteers form a tight-knit group that meets twice a week: once on Thursdays from 4:00-8:00 PM at Boston Children’s Hospital (with dinner included), and once again during the week for reflection sessions. In addition to being a fun and rewarding experience, volunteering with the program provides the opportunity to gain experience with patient support in a hospital setting.