As students return to the classroom today, we are thinking about one student in particular: Michelle Hong, our summer intern through the CCHS Health Career Pathways Program. Although Michelle’s time with us was brief, she made big contributions to our work and Downtown. Michelle worked closely with program and communications manager, Alicia Gallo, on many projects–bringing a high level of tenacity, problem solving skills, and dedication to each one.

First up, Michelle played an essential role in producing Healthy Village Festival—promoting the event online, organizing vendors, managing the info table, analyzing participant surveys, and creating a beautifully designed survey report.


Michelle then turned her sights to diving deep into Downtown’s past, present, and future. Utilizing our Youth Entrepreneur Day toolkit, Michelle developed an innovative business solution that would both benefit residents and address health and wellness disparities present in our community. Her recommendation: ENRICHMOND, an all-inclusive student- and family-friendly gym, complete with a café serving up healthy snacks, swimming pool, workout facilities, and yoga classes. Michelle presented her idea at our Transition and Change community meeting on July 15 and pitched the development to attendee-investors at the HCP program graduation.

Today Michelle starts her senior year at Pinole Valley High School where, in addition to a full course load, she will co-captain the cheer squad, continue working part time at Starbucks, and embark on submitting college applications. We thank Michelle for all her hard work and dedication this summer, and wish her all the best in her journey ahead.



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