Jeena is a First Year Fellow serving at Asian Community Development Corporation as
The A-VOYCE Coordinator Fellow.
1. Who inspires you? All the women in my family. They’re the most compassionate, joyful, and resilient women I have ever known. Plus they feed me pounds of homemade Korean food whenever I visit.
2. What is your favorite thing about your host site this year?
My favorite thing about ACDC (besides that it sounds like a band) is that it’s a community development corporation. ACDC gives them a platform to re-envision and design spaces for work, school, and play that they feel proud of. It’s refreshing to see youth have ownership of their surroundings, when so often they’re excluded from the community planning process.
3. What do you love about working with young people?
They’re hilarious. Last week, my youth realized that a hyena wasn’t a type of bird, and that little nugget of irrelevant knowledge rocked her world. Even when they’re (un)learning they do it with style.
On a more serious note – I love how they’re always questioning and challenging and changing. Everyday I see them making statements about who they are and who they want to become. At times, it’s much easier to be passive about it all, so I give them a lot of credit for being such critical thinkers and owning their growth.
4. What have you learned from serving with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship this year?
Ok, this is cheesy, but I’ve re-learned how powerful it is to belong. MPF fosters a group culture that uplifts you and truly truly celebrates who you are. It’s easy to preach “be yourself,” but it takes a special kind of community courage and love to do it authentically.
5. If you had to survive off of only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi! …or soup dumplings…or egg tarts. I tried soup dumplings and egg tarts for the first time this year, and my obsession with all the above is borderline unhealthy. (I’m salivating right now just thinking about it). If you’re confused, please do your mouth a favor and visit May’s Cake House & Taiwan Cafe whenever (and by “whenever” I mean today…immediately after work).