By My Nguyen, DC Program Coordinator
I am My Nguyen and I am joining Asian American ALEAD (AALEAD) as the new DC Program Coordinator.
I have to admit, I am extremely excited to write this introduction blog. Perhaps my energy is due to the fact that I was able to sleep in this morning because of the snow. With that, I hope this introduction finds everyone well and not too exhausted from all the shoveling. Of course, everyone has been asking me about my name. It is spelled Mỹ, which means America in Vietnamese. The pronunciation I prefer is “My” unless I am introducing myself to a Vietnamese speaker, then I would pronounce my name the way that it is pronounced in Vietnamese, which sounds similar to (Mee).
I am the second of four children. I am very close with my siblings and we are in constant communication no matter where we are. I am a huge fan of the tv show, “The Voice”. My other hobbies and interests include: history, running, spending quality time with my family and friends, concocting new Starbucks drinks, and supporting the Philadelphia Eagles. (BOOO Washington Redskins!)
And now, I like to explain how my journey has led me to AALEAD.
A little bit over 5 years ago, I was entering college to be a health sciences major and had internalized the idea that I would be the next Dr. Gregory House (Fictional TV character). Then something unexpected happened when I joined Students4Haiti and became a Resident Assistant for The Upward Bound Program. I dived into a whole new world, totally unknown and unfamiliar, and many aspects of my life began to change. I met new people who stretched my mind. Gradually, my career views began to alter. Instead of wanting to be the center of attention, I became intrigued by the process of transforming my efforts into helping others, which led me to have an ambitious goal of one day starting my own non-profit organization.
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree from University of Delaware, I moved to Connecticut for grad school and joined a local AmeriCorps program in New Haven, CT. During my time in AmeriCorps, I served as an Academic Coach for LEAP, a non-profit organization that provides after-school programming for children living in high poverty urban neighborhoods. I managed over twenty children and mentored senior counselors at an after-school program site. Seeing students appreciate my academic and cultural lessons as a form of support for their success in school and beyond, has been extremely rewarding. Recently, I did an internship with American Red Cross Delmarva Region, where I was mentored by some very amazing non-profit executives and given opportunities to hone my abilities. I look forward to continuing to work with children at AALEAD and to grow in the non-profit sector.
P.S. I love to explore, so if anyone has any suggestions for the DC area for me to tackle, please let me know.