David Carel

David Carel (PC ’13) grew up in Philadelphia and pursued degrees in Economics and African studies. After spending time in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, David developed a keen interest in healthcare in rural Southern Africa, particularly in HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. David returned to rural KwaZulu Natal to design and implement a youth empowerment initiative into Zulu communities with a focus on life skills development and HIV prevention education. He is currently studying Zulu and hopes to one day work in health policy in South Africa. At Yale, David is the co-founder and director of Yale’s Global Health and AIDS Coalition, a student organization dedicated to political lobbying and activism for global health on both the federal and local levels. David is also president of UAID, an organization which promotes student awareness, education and volunteer opportunities surrounding infectious diseases, teaches health education in New Haven public schools, and drums in Yale’s West-African Dance Troupe. In his spare time David  enjoys playing guitar and piano, running and golf.

  • Simunye Youth Development: Health and Economic Empowerment for Out-of-School and Unemployed Youth

    Tugela Ferry
    South Africa
    Faculty advisor (name): 
    Nicoli Nattrass

    Drawing on my experience as a Community Health Educator in New Haven public schools, as well as my first few weeks observing HIV education classes in several local South African high schools this summer, I ran a workshop for twenty out-of-school youth to become peer HIV educators. By training this group of out of school youth, I hoped to take advantage of this valuable resource in a community where prevalence is estimated at nearly forty percent. Immediately, my youth began putting their newfound skills and knowledge into action. Targeting schools, churches and more remote village members, they wrote several short plays, poems, motivational speeches and performed condom demonstrations to educate their fellow community members about HIV prevention, combat stigma and provide practical skills to empower those at highest risk. In little time they became known in the community as new players in the collective fight against HIV and were sought out for community HIV awareness events.

    However, the purview of the group soon reached far beyond HIV education. In addition to developing the leadership and communication skills necessary for the peer education which my youth were carrying out, I ran several workshops to further empower them and provide additional practical skills. We worked together on typing classes, college and financial aid applications, and small garden building, as well as sessions on writing resumes and on job interview skills with a local Peace Corps friend of mine who has a background in human resources. Finally, since word of mouth about the group spread around the community, I trained four of my youth to lead the same peer health education training I had led for them six weeks prior and they successfully conducted the workshop on their own for an additional forty members of the community.

    Website and blog: www.kznyouth.org