Kishi Chad Martin, 29, has been a health promotion outreach educator for four years. He has spent the last six months of that time as a peer navigator at Care Resource, performing community outreach, condom distribution, internet outreach, linkage to services, PrEP navigation and working on the youth advisory board.

“This job has given me an opportunity to help others empower themselves and make their health a priority,” Martin said. “It has also taught me accountability, boundaries and self-care.”

Martin has volunteered for the Pride Center, Pride Fort Lauderdale, Pridelines, CampOut, Impulse South Florida and The M Project. He has also served as president of the Broward College Gender Sexuality Alliance, as an adult advisor for the SunServe Youth Group and on the Planned Parenthood board on the Broward County Youth Council.

Martin’s biggest inspirations have been members of his family. His sister, who died of sickle cell anemia in 2016, was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe in 2011. His mother has been supportive of the LGBT community, dedicating herself to several causes.

Martin said his studies in psychology and journalism have done him well in life.

“Psychology helped me embrace my sexuality when I had low self-esteem in my teens. Journalism gives me a creative outlet to express my passions,” Martin said.


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