At age 17, Natasha Sutherland started as a youth peer educator at Community Healthcare Network’s-Teens PACT Program in New York City, which was more than 20 years ago, and has held various positions in the program. Over the years, in her positions as a peer leader, community organizer, health educator, and program site coordinator, she has contributed to the evolution of one of the most respected adolescent pregnancy prevention programs in New York State.
Through her linkages and strong community outreach connections, Natasha has maintained a special relationship with various community organizations to educate other young people through LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health workshops, social media campaigns, and public service videos created on teen-related issues and safer sex testing, pregnancy prevention. Under her leadership, young people gain knowledge, build self-esteem and self-efficacy, and build transferable skills for their future endeavors.
Natasha is highly committed to making a difference in underserved communities. Her work epitomizes CHN’s guiding philosophy for the Teens PACT program to help youth become productive adults capable of making life-affirming decisions. Natasha is both a product of the program and a role model and mentors for a new generation of youth. She is a proven leader who challenges herself and those around her. Natasha’s deep passion for creating change becomes the victory she celebrates every day!