Our Fellows

Shift Press Fellowship

The Shift Press 2020 Fellowship cohort was a group of 12 Greater Houston area high school students from all sides of town. Collectively, the published nearly 60 pieces of original work.

Adriana Brown

Houston Academy for International Studies

Anahi Yeverino

Lamar High School

DieuYen Nguyen

Carnegie Vanguard High School

Gabriel Werline

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Jamie Estrada

Heights High School

Karla Torres

Scarborough High School

Madison (Maddie) Petaway

Westbury High School

Mara Nezami

Wisdom High School

Nadely Requena

Chinquapin Preparatory School

Nnennaya Ihejirikah

Houston Academy for International Studies

Pearl Reagler

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Opeyemi Ogundele

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy

Community Health Education Fellows (CHEF)

Seeing communities suffer from the effects of COVID-19 and the massive potential in young people to mitigate the spread of the virus, the City of Houston created the Community Health Education Fellows (CHEF) program.

In 2020, the CHEF program hired young people to be trained as community health workers and contact tracers. They worked in 22 Houston super-neighborhoods identified as most impacted by COVID.

Marlen Benitez

Marlen is a 25-year old mother of twins representing the Acres Homes neighborhood.

Fanesse Muyah

Fanesse is a 20-year-old student at Prairie View A&M University serving the Alief community.

Julia Bui

Julia is a 19-year-old pharmacy technician and college student representing the Golfcrest/Belfort/Reveille neighborhood.

Grace Danas

Grace is an 18-year-old high school graduate representing the Pleasantville neighborhood.

Eligio Cisneros

Eligio is a 22-year-old recent graduate of Texas A&M representing the Denver Harbor community.

Allison Moore

Allison is a 23-year-old childcare worker representing the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Jeevandeep Kaur

Jeevandeep is 21 years old and represents the Brays Oaks neighborhood.