Meet our SummerCorps 2016!

You’ve probably seen some new faces around HIP in the last couple weeks. and it’s high time we have official introductions! We have 8 awesome new additions to the HIP team for the summer, to help us lead our Summer Meals programming. So here’s a bit about each of our Corps members, in their own words.

Let’s welcome our SummerCorps members for 2016!

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Alex 

My name  is Alexzanader Wang  and  I have an Associate in Applied Sciences  Degree in Network & Server Administration from North Seattle College and will be pursuing  a bachelors in Applied  Sciences  Degree in Application Development in the future. I plan to use this degree to improve and help the public for the greater good. I enjoy watching a variety of sports like tennis, basketball, volleyball, and football. My hobbies are cooking, playing sports, learning new skills, going to sporting events, playing chess, and hanging out with friends. I believe that a good dietary regiment is a huge part of a healthy life style and will, in the long run, aide with the prolonging and maintaining of the lives of those in our community.

 

Amy

Hello, my name is Amy Stromme! I am twenty four years old, and this summer I will be working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Hunger Intervention Program and the United Way of King County. A graduate from the University of Puget Sound, with degree in International Political Economy, I aspire toward a career in non-profit work and I can’t imagine a better way to develop my professional skills this season than with the Fuel your Future program!  Since college, I have mostly been working in Thailand as an English teacher to elementary students, but as a Seattle native that grew up in Maple Leaf, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with kids, while giving back to my own community with this program!

My favorite sport is running, and I enjoy reading, drawing, and writing in my free time. I hope to share some of these interests with the children at my site. Most of all though, this summer, I look forward to delivering food to kiddos, while building a safe and inclusive community with my neighbors!

 

Anders 

Hi everyone!

My name is Anders Gould. I am 20 years old and I am originally from Edmonds, WA. I currently go to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD where I study Biomedical Engineering. I hope to one day improve the lives and well-being of kids and adults, whether it’s through developing technology or through community engagement. I believe that serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA will help me achieve that goal.

In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, watching TV, walking my dogs, playing video games and hiking. Some fun facts about me are that I am an older brother to triplet sisters; I also have a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.

This summer, I’m really looking forward to making a positive impact in the local community in Lake City. I am also looking forward to building connections with kids and adults at my meal site along with my fellow VISTAs and everyone who works at HIP.  

 

John

Greetings everyone! My name is John Jimenez and I from san Diego, California. I am currently residing in the Evergreen State to further expand my experiences with philanthropy. Thankful for the United Way of King County, I can finally begin my journey towards ending hunger.

My hobbies include dancing, singing, sports, arts & crafts and random dance parties. My past work experiences include dance choreographer and YMCA After-School Program coach. I graduated from Eastlake High School, attended Grossmont and Southwestern Community College and I will be attending San Francisco State University, Fall of 2016 studying Psychology. After I graduate, I hope to come back to Seattle to do City Year Seattle and then join the Peace Corps before I begin my school for my Master’s Degree. My goal in life involves ending hunger and preventing bullying and obesity among children.

I chose to be a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way of King County because I believe that the program is not only a stepping stone for my journey, but an important aspect of philanthropy. I look forward to working with my peers and helping each other towards ending summer hunger!

 

Maeve

My name is Maeve McIver-Sheridan and I am a Shoreline native, born and raised. I graduated from Shorecrest High School in 2014, where I was a member of the orchestra and a former member of the Highland Dance team. I now attend the University of Chicago where I am majoring in history.

In my free time I love to practice the violin, which I have played for most of my life. I played with the Seattle Youth Symphony during high school and have played in the pit orchestras for lots of community, youth, and semi-professional musical theater productions in the area. When I’m not making music, I love reading and swimming.

I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Hunger Intervention Program this summer and to meet lots of new people. I want to thank United Way of King County and Americorps for this opportunity to work in my community.

 

Michael

Hi everyone! My name is Michael Hartley and I’m working with Hunger Intervention Program to bring the Lake City area our amazing Summer Food Invasion! As a recent graduate from the University of Washington in Neurobiology, I want to make this summer an amazing experience for children and adults alike in the Lake City area of Seattle! My goal is to provide fun summer activities and great food to our local community.

My favorite sport is basketball, my favorite food is steak and my favorite summer activity is going to Wild Waves and swimming in the wave pool. I aim to help create a welcoming, safe space at Cedarvale where all of the children during the summer will have fun and engage in community building activities. I look forward to meeting everyone in the local community and having a great summer!

 

Okanu

My name is Ahmed Awwad, but you can call me Okanu (Oh-caw-noo). I am 20 years old. I came from Egypt 2 years ago and currently live in Wedgewood. My favorite hobbies are solving logic puzzles, playing soccer (really badly), reading fantasy novels and comic books, sleeping, and, last but not least, playing video games. My favorite video game series is Final Fantasy. I am afraid of most insects. I still have not learned how to tie my shoes. My dream is to go on a year-long cruise that visits all the most beautiful cities. I joined the summer meals program to give back to the Seattle community that has been really good to me ever since I came. I believe that children’s emotions are the most genuine of all, and so I have taken it upon myself to make sure that every child I serve is safe, healthy, and most of all, happy.

 

Seth

Hey!!

I’m Seth Conrad D. After being taught at Shoreline Community College this year, I found an opportunity to spend my summer doing something important. I went to the 100k opportunities job fair in Seattle, where I learned about AmeriCorps. The only things at the fair that interested me were the volunteer opportunities and various non-profit organizations that were utilizing their outreach ability and task forces to strengthen their communities. It’s the very thing that interests me. Finding ways to connect and grow mutually to see greater effect in productivity and achievement, and intimately happiness and health in people, is a universal ideal that we should protect. It’s been great working with United Way and HIP, and I hope to continue growing life skills by aiding children in need. It’s actually pretty fun because I have a great team and cool leaders. When I can have fun doing good work, it makes it all worthwhile. I’ve worked at the EMP museum for 3 months, and I worked a couple shifts at a Christmas Tree place. Working is fun, and I like doing a variety of things. I’m going to be studying music at Shoreline and plan on making something of myself one day.

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