The UHI is pleased to announce that Rebkha Atnafou of The After-School Institute will be joining the UHI as our first-ever Associate Director for Community Engagement. Atnafou is an accomplished program manager and education advocate who has devoted much of her professional life to enriching the lives of young people.
As the UHI’s associate director for community engagement, Atnafou will work to cultivate new and existing relationships within the community. She is also charged with guiding the UHI’s Community-University Collaborating Committee (CUCC), a group of community leaders and Johns Hopkins representatives who provide direction and assistance to the UHI by ensuring that the priorities of the UHI are in line with those of the community and the university.
Atnafou will continue in her role as executive director of The After-School Institute (TASI), a Baltimore-based nonprofit focused on building the capacity of after-school programs. She is credited with expanding the reach of TASI through training for after-school programs across Maryland, directing the only annual Mid-Atlantic/Regional conference on after-school, and coordinating an annual statewide youth summit on HIV prevention. Atnafou has over 20 years of experience in youth development, healthy teen sexuality, youth violence prevention, and comprehensive school health. She serves on the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Community Advisory Board, Port Discovery Children’s Museum Health Advisory Council, Baltimore City Youth Council, Baltimore’s Out-of-School Time Steering Committee, and the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development Afterschool Program Board. She is a member of Collaborative for Building Afterschool Systems (CBASS). Rebkha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She has been a member of the Baltimore community for twelve years.