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SHAHS Student Awarded Advocates for Youth Award

Kye Gardner, UNCW studentKye Gardner, a UNCW undergraduate business administration major, in an interdisciplinary collaboration with Jorge Figueroa, a member of the SHAHS Public Health Studies faculty, has been selected to receive the Advocates for Youth Award as part of the 2016 fall semester Great American Condom Campaign SafeSite.

Each year, GACC members give out more than one million Trojan-brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health and work to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.

Sponsored by Advocates for Youth, the Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led, grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites (individual condom distribution points) and receive a box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. SafeSites are also tasked with educating their peers about safer sex and advocating on campus and within their community for the sexual and reproductive health rights of young adults.

Kye has been a UNCW Study Abroad Ambassador, SeaHawk Link, a resident assistant, a recipient of the prestigious UNCW Global Citizenship Award and the UNCW Inclusive Excellence Award. He spent this past summer at Harvard, serving as a resident advisor for incoming freshmen.

Kye’s commitment to promoting health and well-being is longstanding, having been a youth coordinator for the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug-Free Tomorrow, and he looks forward to expanding that though this opportunity through the Great American Condom Campaign.