Friday, March 13, 2009
Jurnee Smollett named Youth Ambassador to Africa
Actress and activist Jurnee Smollett just returned to the States from Swaziland, South Africa and Botswana where she emphasized the benefits of self-empowerment and civic involvement. In honor of Women’s Health Month, Jurnee also educated young girls about sex, body image and HIV/AIDS. Her visit was hosted by the U.S. Embassy in line with its ongoing foreign exchange programs.
Jurnee is the youngest board member of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a non-profit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, advance human rights and equality, safeguard voting rights and assist, educate and empower children orphaned by AIDS as well as other at-risk youth.