Coordinator of the Month: Kyle Ross
Name: Kyle Ross
Hometown: Syosset, New York
College Attended / Major:
SUNY Binghamton / English Major, Minor in Health & Wellness
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City:
Memorial High School, NJ, West New York
I am actually the second Ross brother to work as a HealthCorps Coordinator. My brother, Jake Ross, was a Coordinator for New Utrecht High School in the Bronx.
Layla Ronan: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Kyle Ross: I was first introduced to HealthCorps as high school student. My brother came home after work with HealthCorps and showed me the, “Think Before You Drink” lesson. This lesson transformed my soda drinking habits and I felt inspired to some day volunteer or work for HealthCorps. Years later, my interest in HealthCorps never faltered. So I volunteered for events and applied to become the Summer Training Intern in 2014. I was fortunate enough to be offered the position. Since then, I started working at Memorial High School in West New York and have been absolutely blown away by the school’s health culture.
LR: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
KR: Memorial High School is always eager to get involved with large, community-wide events. On November 19th, HealthCorps’ Founder Dr. Oz facilitated the National Night of Conversation at Memorial High School. This event created awareness for prescription drug abuse and its prevalence amongst teenagers. Hundreds of students, parents, and community members attended and many met Dr. Oz personally! The National Night of Conversation brought the West New York community together in efforts to create a healthier and safer environment for youths in America. Students were extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to take part in such an important and unique event.
LR: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
KR: The West New York School District is a tightly knit, passionate group of leaders, which works collaboratively in creating the healthiest environment possible for its students. With this in mind, I have had the ability to work outside of the high school. I recently added a nutrition and mental resilience component to a fitness event for middle school students. Additionally, I have been named an Advisor to MoMs (My Outreach Mission), a community service organization within Memorial High School that works directly with the homeless and less fortunate population. I also host engaging and interactive booths in the cafeteria, focusing on HealthCorps’ three pillars of health: Physical Fitness, Nutrition, and Mental Resilience. West New York offers me a variety of ways to get involved with students and the surrounding community!
LR: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
KR: After I complete my service with HealthCorps, I plan to continue working in the field of health and wellness. Whether I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health, or earn a Doctorate in Psychology, I want to help others in whatever capacity I can. Though I have only been working in West New York for a half year, I truly believe this commitment will shape the trajectory of my future. This is why I am keeping an open mind while keeping my options open.
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?
KR: The biggest thing I have taken away from my experience as a coordinator thus far has been to reach sideways and collaborate with others around you when accomplishing tasks. Teamwork really does make the dream work! I have been fortunate to have an extremely passionate group of colleagues at Memorial High School and without all of their help, I would not be able to complete even half of what we have accomplished. As always, teamwork does not come without its trials and tribulations, but the journey and outcome makes it all worthwhile.
We want to thank Kyle Ross for his exceptional work and congratulate him for being this month’s coordinator of the month.