By Lynda Nguyen, AALEAD Summer Development & Communications Intern
Photos Courtesy of AALEAD
Today’s ‘Intern Spotlight’ focuses on Yenling, our DC Elementary Summer School Program intern! Yenling is a rising senior at Brown University, studying health and human biology (a field she is very invested in). In addition to studying health, Yenling is also a dedicated member of the Asian American Student Association at Brown.
Through her time here at Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), she has been able to combine both of her interests, health and Asian American community development. As the ES Summer Program intern, Yenling has taken on many roles that has helped her define what “health and wellness” exactly means here at AALEAD. Continue to read below and see what this native Kentuckian has to say about her experience with AALEAD.
Q: Describe your role here at Asian American LEAD.
A: My position is the DC Elementary School Program intern, so I have an interesting combination of jobs: teacher’s aide, friend, organizer, database entry person, administrator, point person, teacher, map, copier, entertainment, etc. It couldn’t get any better!
Q: Why did you choose to volunteer at AALEAD?
A: I chose to volunteer with AALEAD because I was interested in how an Asian American-based community organization could affect the health of Asian American kids. As a human biology major, I’m quite fascinated by how the many facets of our environments can impact our bodies. Thus, working in a school, where I could see what is being fed to young students, both literally and figuratively, peaked my interest. Plus, I adore kids and their care-free natures!
Q: How has working with AALEAD impacted you as a student, advocate, and/or educator?
A: AALEAD has taught me that patience is vital in working not only with students, but also with peers, mentors, and other members of the community. Even though we desperately want the best for our kids and sometimes, we want it now, it seems as though learning how to be patient relieves some of the frustration/tension. However, patience definitely does not equate to a lack of productiveness, so “productive patience” seems to be the best way to approach people and topics from what I have learned.
Q: What are three things you most enjoy about your program?
A: Genuine laughter, vibrant pictures that are not colored within the lines, and unexpected enthusiasm!
Q: What is one word that encapsulates your summer thus far?