DPSCD Students Drive Vaccination Education and Opportunity Outreach Initiative

DETROIT- In concert with community health partners at the Detroit Health Department, Henry Ford Health System and Ascension Health, the NAACP Youth Council, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) student leaders are proud to announce the launch of DPSCD Teens for Vaccines  on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, an initiative aimed at providing vaccine education  and accessibility opportunities to COVID-19 vaccines for District teachers, staff, families and eligible students (16+ and soon to be 12+).   

Tuesday’s online discussion, to be led by DPSCD student ambassadors, is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The student ambassadors will share their successful vaccination stories and how it has allowed them to re-engage in social and extra-curricular activities. They will also be joined by a health official from the Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Dennis J. Cunningham, Medical Director for Infection Prevention to participate in an informative question and answer discussion. DPSCD Board President, Angelique Peterson-Mayberry will participate and Deputy Superintendent, Alycia Meriweather will facilitate.  

“We as students welcome the opportunity to lead on what is one of the most impactful circumstances of our young lives,” said Harrison Haywood, a senior at Cass Technical High School, referring to the effects of the pandemic. “We look forward to sharing our own vaccination stories through the Teens for Vaccines program to help educate our friends and fellow students.”    

Today, the Henry Ford Health System Mumford clinic will be providing vaccinations at 12 – 5 p.m. at Mumford Health Center 17525 Wyoming. Vaccines are by appointment only: call 313-484-5810. 

In conjunction with the Detroit Health Department, the community is invited to attend the DPSCD Get the Vax Facts event, on Saturday May 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Randolph Career and Technical Center 17101 Hubbell in Detroit. First dose vaccinations will be available for anyone eligible. Second dose vaccination follow-up opportunities from the event are planned for Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. also at Randolph.  

Other Teens for Vaccines campaign forums in May will include a session involving students from DPSCD’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program on Wed. May 19 at 5:30 p.m. as well as one with District student athletes, anticipated for the week of May 17th. Other sessions being developed include a Dad’s and Grads forum as well as a gathering focused on 12-15-year-old students for the month of June.   

“I commend our DPSCD students for the leadership they are showing by lending their voices to the Teens for Vaccines campaign,” said Peterson-Mayberry. “Their displays of courage are something for all to emulate as we seek to beat the pandemic and restore a sense of normalcy to our lives.”  


Teens for Vaccines will run through the end of June and is open for all to participate.  


About Detroit Public Schools Community District       

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The District’s mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has more than 100 schools and educates 49,000 children. For more information, visit detroitk12.org and follow @detroitk12 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.