Coordinator of the Month: Jamie Desrameaux
Name: Jamie Desrameaux
Hometown: Miami, Florida
College Attended / Major: University of Florida/ Health Education and Behavior
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Coral Gables Senior High School/ Florida/ Coral Gables
Fun Fact: I have a super power. I have the ability to voluntarily contract a small muscle in my ear, called the tensor tympani. It makes a small rumbling sound like thunder. As a kid, I thought this meant I could move things with my mind. This is not the case. Still, it’s pretty rare.
Layla Ronan: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Jamie Desrameaux: After graduating from the University of Florida, I knew that I wanted to work in a capacity that applied my knowledge in health education and working with at-risk youth. I served one year under the Americorps program, City Year, where I tutored and mentored inner city youth. I left wanting to combine my passion for mentorship and health education. After doing some research, I found HealthCorps! HealthCorps stood out from other organizations and non-profits with its multi-faceted and multi-dimensional approach at addressing the obesity issue. HealthCorps combined my two passions of mentorship and near peer health education.
LR: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
JD: The highlight of my placement so far has undoubtedly been my after-school club, “The HealthCorps Club”. These students have supported me since day one. As they’ve stepped up to the plate, I’ve been able to challenge them in the best ways possible. I’m especially proud of our “Find Your Fit” monthly activities where the students chose fun physical activities like yoga, boot camp and Zumba to get moving. Also, My Café-O-Yea/Health Fair team was amazing! Each month they stayed after school to plan and engaged with students during lunch as they demonstrated their awesome skills as health ambassadors. They educated students on various health topics such as gratitude, stress relief, benefits of healthy foods on our bodies and more! Our hard work paid off as we reached over 500 students throughout the year.
LR: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
JD: Outside of the classroom, I have hosted an after school cooking club, where students have gotten the opportunity to get hands on with healthy and affordable food, while at the same time receiving much needed education on nutrition. My students are constantly saying how cooking club is the highlight of their week and how they look forward to sharing what they’ve learned with their parents at home. Also, I have had the opportunity to provide health and wellness events to the staff such as stress relief and relaxation activities including massages, yoga and mindful meditation.
LR: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
JD: I plan to travel abroad to pursue a degree in Public Health and International Peace Relations. After acquiring my degree, my ultimate goal would be to partner with global non-profits that lead peer-to-peer health education workshops in villages and countries with limited access to valuable health resources.
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?
JD: I have learned to become more assertive. If you have thought of something new or different, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and be a catalyst for change! I naturally tend to be more relaxed and go with the flow of things. However, with the challenge of continuing an awesome programming, I have been encouraged to get out of my comfort zone. I hope to excite and inspire those around me to not settle for the bare minimum or status quo.
We want to thank Jamie Desrameaux for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.