Coordinator of the Month: Ejiro Ntekume
Name: Ejiro Ntekume
Hometown: Oakland, CA
College Attended / Major: UC Berkeley/ Interdisciplinary Studies
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Long Beach/CA/Long Beach
Fun Fact: I’m a first generation Nigerian American and I love to dance!
Layla Ronan: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Ejiro Ntekume: After learning about HealthCorps from a former alumnus of UC Berkeley that was working as a Coordinator in the Bay Area, I reached out to her to learn more about the organization and the work they did. After learning about the organization I applied and got a position as a Coordinator in Long Beach.
LR: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
EN: The highlight of my placement is twofold. For one, I have experienced tremendous personal growth which has allowed me to grow as a young professional and health practitioner in the field. A second highlight has been seeing the outcomes of all the great programming we do as Coordinators. Thousands of teens are positively impacted by HealthCorps programming, and I’m grateful to see the impact as it happens.
LR: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
EN: Outside of the classroom, I wear many hats. I am a dancer and often times dance with several friends in different community events. I am also a dance fitness and Zumba instructor at UCLA where I teach Afrobeat inspired dance fitness classes to UCLA undergraduates, faculty and staff. I am also a young adult leader for the Urhobo Progressive Union of America.
LR: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
EN: After my service is completed, I plan on pursuing more opportunities in the field of health and disease prevention. Ultimately, I hope to work with the World Health Organization, doing work with global health.
LR: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
EN: One thing I have learned from my placement that I will carry with me as I move forward in life, is patience, trusting the process, and knowing that all things will come together with a little time.
We want to thank Ejiro Ntekume for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.