Yale University

Dreamer Girls Project is a dream-come-true for YSPH professor

Yale School of Public Health Assistant Professor Ijeoma Opara had wanted to create a healthy support network for Black teenage girls since she first joined YSPH in 2021. But her vision actually goes back much farther.

"I conceptualized the Dreamer Girls Project 12 years ago after my father died," said Opara, a faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and founding director of the Substances and Sexual Health Lab at Yale (SASH). "I wanted to create a program just for Black teen girls where they can receive support from older peer-like mentors, gain exposure to careers, foster sisterhood, and be empowered to take control of their health, including mental and sexual health."

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Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2022