Hey, my name is Parrish! I’m 28, I live in Durham, NC, I am getting married this weekend to my best friend (a.k.a. glutenhatesme), and we have a dog…his name is Max.
I love to cook…which is mostly an excuse for loving to eat, I have played soccer for about 20 years, I graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (with about 50 other people) in 2003, and I love a good "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me".
More importantly, I’m an advocate…and I’m just getting started down a road to change the face of my community.
I’m advocating for school-based health centers (SBHCs).
Yes, that’s correct, a doctors office on the grounds of a middle or high school to treat students. I believe that all youth should have access to affordable, effective prevention and treatment services no matter what. I also believe that by putting these services inside a school, where youth spend the majority of their time, is the best way to do this. A simple concept really.
What…you were expecting civil rights, segregation issues, maybe something politically charged right?!?!
Hopefully you were, because simple concept does not equal simple project.
We have 3 three years and I’m hoping to tell the story…and maybe build some enthusiasm while doing it.
So let me start this, Day 1, by asking you a question…what do you advocate for?