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Voorhees receives a $37,500 IFYC Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors Project Award


oorhees College Department Chair of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences Dr. Tywana Chenault Hemby was recently awarded $37,500 by Inter-Faith Youth Core (IFYC) Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors Project, which was created to develop students to lead COVID-19 vaccination efforts in communities of hesitancy. 

Hemby will recruit 20 student ambassadors, serve as a coach and cohort lead throughout the project, provide individual and peer-based support as student ambassadors’ work progresses, and track stories of impact and program learnings. Ideally, the students will have a personal connection to those communities where vaccine hesitancy is high. 

Additionally, she will be given a $7,500 stipend, and student ambassadors will receive a $1,500 stipend for their efforts over the project time period of June-December 2021. 

According to IFYC, student ambassadors will begin the program by participating in training designed and led by IFYC. They will then work on vaccine-related projects with Hemby to plan and implement accessibility and trust-building projects in high-need communities with which they are connected. Also, student ambassadors will have the opportunity to develop their plans to address hesitancy or access with the guidance from Hemby. 

She said she is extremely excited that our scholars will have an opportunity to participate in such a critical project. “By serving as Interfaith Youth Core Vaccine Ambassadors, they are ensuring that Voorhees College continues to contribute to the health and safety of our local communities, our state, and our nation.” 

About IFYC 

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national non-profit organization working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together. To advance this vision, we work in American higher education, partnering with colleges and universities to equip students and educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to meaningfully engage complex religious differences and diversity issues and ultimately build bonds of civility and mutual respect across lines of deep difference. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu. 

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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