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About the Streetlight Director

Emily Sullivan, B.A.


Emily Sullivan initially began her involvement with Streetlight as a volunteer during her time as an undergrad at the University of Florida. Through her service work, she discovered her own passion for adolescents faced with serious life challenges. Inspired by the depth of the relationships forged through Streetlight’s model of peer companionship, she is now pursuing a Master of Health Education at the University of Florida and will use the degree to continue her future with Streetlight.

About the Streetlight Assistant Director

Sara Sapp, M.S., CHESSara Website Pic


Sara Sapp’s journey with Streetlight began as an
undergraduate volunteer while studying health education at the University of
Florida. Her involvement expanded throughout the past several years by serving
as Cystic Fibrosis Team Captain then working as the Streetlight Program
Assistant. She graduated from the University of Florida in Spring 2014 with a
Master of Health Education and Behavior and is a Certified Health Education
Specialist. These combined experiences and her passion for Streetlight inspired her
to continue her love for adolescent palliative/patient care through her role as
Assistant Director.

About the Streetlight Founder

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown, M.Div, C.T.


Rebecca Brown founded Streetlight in 2006, hired by the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics and Dr. John Graham-Pole to develop an adolescent palliative care support program in 2005. The name Streetlight is based on her thesis work in seminary at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Rebecca is now a freelance consultant and lecturer on adolescent spiritual formation, death education and palliative care.




About the Streetlight Team

The Streetlight Team is a diverse group of 69 UF students selected through interviews and recommendations who have undergone eight hours of special orientation on adolescent psychosocial and health issues, palliative care, end-of-life care, and the four primary disease populations we serve. Team members are aged 18 – 25, and most are pre-med or have relevant experience with chronic/terminal disease. Each team has a captain and is closely supervised by the director and assistant director with daily briefing, education, chart-writing, rounds and discussion.


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