My Health Story

Zakiyyah Rahman

My Health Story: Zakiyyah Rahman

Zakiyyah Rahman
Corner Health Center

The Corner Health Center of Ypsilanti, Ml is the school-based health center that I am consistently active in, as of recently. Sincerely to explain the countless benefits this center provides for me are beyond my thoughts; nevertheless, I will give it a try.

I started my participation in late summer of 2015, in a youth group called the Youth Leadership Council or YLC. I was first interested in this group because it prioritized youth voice in an attractive manner. This compelled me to want to be another person in the group who could create change for the community in my own huge way. was introduced to phenomenal projects the group had done in the past. Projects like Y2C2 (Ypsilanti Youth Creating Change), where YLC journeyed across Ypsilanti to talk to diverse groups of youth in the community. Finding astonishing concerns, opinions, and relatable topics to connect on. The project ultimately made the youth feel heard, also allowing them to know that their thoughts of their community are important.

Attending these meetings once a week exposed me to more of the Corner than I could have ever thought of; this wasn’t just a doctor’s office! This health center offers: food pantries (one bag a day for every family), invitations for the youth to participate in countess activities for the corner, internships, computer access, diverse recognition days (Man-up Mondays, LGBTQ+ day, and Aqui Para Ti day), community relationship building, classes for pregnant women, and honestly so much more. The amazing benefits from this center are endless, that minor list above doesn’t even amount to what it all provides.

This center is way too important to me, and I couldn’t be anymore grateful than I already am for it being in my community. Since I am a part of a low-income family, I find myself limited to many opportunities, and filled with a vast amount of worries. Now that I have found this center many of my unanswered worries as a young adult have been resolved. I sincerely appreciate the Corner Health Center, and to show my gratitude, I try to be as involved as I can; jumping on any volunteer work I am available for. This is a place I encourage all of Ypsilanti youth to get to know, because I know this place has a lot of help to go around.

About the My Health Story Contest

School-Based Health Care Awareness Month is the time each year that we pause to celebrate the value of school-based, school-linked and school wellness programs. This year, we asked youth across Michigan to tell us how a School-Based or School-linked Health Center has improved their health and helped them to succeed in school. Contestants wereasked to submit an essay about their experiences with a Health Center. Stories will be posted daily on our website beginning in February during Awareness Month to the end of April when we host advocacy day. You can see all the contest entries here.

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