Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research Launches Teen Board
The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University launches a Teen Board providing teens affiliated with a Center study the opportunity to volunteer in support of allergy and asthma research. Teens comprise approximately 25% of trial patients at the Center juggling classes, after-school activities and more in order to participate.
The board will be co-led by high school seniors Matthew Friend and Isabelle Chun. 15-year-old Ben Bernstein will serve as the board's fundraising lead. All three teens have demonstrated exceptional support in promoting food allergy awareness. Among the three, they have written about their food allergy experiences in the media, spoken at food allergy conferences, produced awareness building videos, and engaged in fundraising activities in support of the Center.
One of the board's exciting initiatives, its mentorship program, will pair new trial participants with teen trial graduates in order to provide peer-to-peer support as they navigate through a study. The Teen Board will also develop teen resource materials which will be included on the Center's website. In addition, the Board will engage teen volunteers in supporting the Center's fundraising, advocacy, and education efforts.