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Young, Educated and Struggling

Lauren Mitchell uses her own body to teach medical and nursing students how to perform breast and pelvic exams. “It’s me, a glove and some lube,” she says.

However, as a 23-year-old freelance gynecological teaching associate, or GTA, Mitchell doesn’t consistently earn enough to cover basic needs. Her rent, student loans and grocery bills often swamp her – forcing her to lean on her boyfriend for support and use discarded clothes to satisfy her fashion bug. Although she is a college graduate helping to train the next generation of doctors, Mitchell cannot afford health insurance. She has even stopped buying birth control pills.

Like many New Yorkers, she is young, well educated and struggling.

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