Apollo youth in medicine


Apollo was founded in 2018 by Co-Founders Sean Holly (St Elizabeth Class of 2019), Arjan Kahlon (Charter School of Wilmington Class of 2022), & John Kepley (St Elizabeth Class of 2020). They were joined and supported by Founding Organizations – the Delaware Youth Leadership Network (DYLN) and the Medical Society of Delaware (MSD).

The team was further strengthened by the addition of St. Elizabeth High School counselor Shannon Beck that first year. This team leadership started working in the summer of 2018 and Apollo: Youth in Medicine launched its inaugural Fall 2019 shadow sessions by November 2018 which included 4 high schools and nearly 20 students. This was made possible by seed grant funding by the Delaware Medical Education Fund (DMEF).

After a successful kickoff, the Apollo team expanded to 4 different high schools for the Spring 2019 session and, with an eye to the future, added 2 additional Leadership Team members: Andrew McWilliams (Archmere Class of 2021) and Ruth Wilhelm (Padua Class of 2021).

The final session of the 2018-19 academic year was the Summer 2019 session. The inaugural year of Apollo: Youth In Medicine showed both proof of concept and a community need for the project.

The 2019-2020 school year brought both opportunities for growth and additional challenges. Apollo welcomed an additional 50 students from 19 schools. We expanded South to Dover and presented at a DIMER Board Meeting. However, our last 3 days of Spring Shadowing in March 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We quickly pivoted and planned a 4-week virtual educational session for Summer 2020. This “Apollo at Home: Summer Seminar” included 4 Monday Meetups with Physicians and 4 Wednesday Webinars.

With great momentum, we are steadily building the backbone of a strong and enduring program for our young Delawareans.