Quiet Determination in Action

Youth Hepatitis B Awareness Clubs

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer by missamyyu on September 16, 2009

Hello Reader,

Brief update on youth action to eradicate hepatitis B. Been a little swampped at work with various projects and trying to finish up secondary applications for medical school.

Youth Hepatitis B Awareness Groups
We have roughly 6 or 7 new high school hepatitis B awareness chapters this year from students who attended the 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health.   The students who are creating these groups are all fantastic and are just so incredibly enthusiastic to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer in their communities.  The chapters range from Northern California to Southern California to Georgia and to New York.  There might also be one in Texas soon.  I’m really impressed by all the students’ effort and willingness to improve the health of their communities; I wish I had that drive when I was younger.  I’m really looking forward to seeing their groups grow and am trying to think of ways to make sure that these students are recognized for their leadership.  This is just a testament to the efficacy of empowering youth to address a health disparity, and how our youth leadership conference is a model program.  Youth are so innovative and enthusiastic, and by teaching them the skills to enact their own outreach projects, they can do real good in their communities.

Also reading Jade Ribbon Youth Council applications.  I’m a bit behind because I was pushing a grant through and preparing things for my next potential corporate partner – which will be very exciting.  More details later.

And good news, our new Outreach Coordinator will be officially starting on September 30th, and I will be transitioning full time to Corporate Outreach and Advocacy.  And while I’m looking forward to my new position,where there is great opportunity for innovation and leadership development, I will have to admit that I am going to miss working on the ALC’s outreach programming at large.  After spending a year building relationships in the ethnic communities and working to make our youth programming exciting and sustainable, I am relunctant to leave that arena. I will really miss working with the interns and the high school students – it is really all about the people at the end. However, the new Outreach Coordinator DN will be a fantastic addition to our team and will bear the Outreach Coordinator mantle well.  Plus, there are new and exciting things ahead!

And to end things today, check out this nifty little article on tracking where your waste – both garbage and recylcing – actually go.  I’m interested in seeing what the results are for this project

Thank you for reading,

Amy

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Youth Leadership Conference, Here We Come!

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer by missamyyu on August 5, 2009

Hello,

The Asian Liver Center’s 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health begins in roughly 12 hours!  Months of preparation and late nights in the office are going to come to fruition when 105 students from across the nation congregate at Okada Lawn tomorrow afternoon.  Very exciting!

We have a STELLAR lineup of speakers this year that range from Michael Chen, President and CEO of Global Communication, Media, and Entertainment at General Electric Capital to Bill Imada, Founder of the IW Group, Inc.  We also have Beth Kanter, visting scholar at the Packard Foundation to speak about how non-profits can utilize social media to advance their cause and message, and speakers from the Stanford’s Career Development Center and Center for Teaching and Learning!  Vice Dean Stevenson form the Stanford School of Medicine and Michael Elgarico from the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be welcoming our students tomorrow.  And last, but certainly not least, ABC7 Anchorman and hepatitis B advocate Alan Wang will be helping us close our conference and pass awards to the winning teams!  The staff, interns, and students are INCREDIBLY excited about these speakers, and I’m really looking forward to hearing them share their experiences and insight!

The interns, Jade Ribbon Youth Council, and I had a 4.5 hour marathon training session today.  It was good to have everyone there to go over logistics – hopefully it was helpful for Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders to understand the broader picture of logistics AND get in depth explanation about the Team Challenge and Role Play activity.  I can’t express how EXCITED I am about this year’s Team Challenge and the Role Play section.  I sincerely hope that the students will enjoy the challenge, and really walk away with practical skills and inspiration to do some good out in their communities.

In other non-YLC news, I’m glad to hear that Laura Ling and Euna Lee are on their way home to the U.S.  Good job, President Clinton!   I’ve yet to read the full NYTimes article on the story, but I’ll save that for a time AFTER youth conference.

Alright, I better go take out my laundry now, and head off to bed.   Tomorrow’s going to be a BIG day! 🙂

Yours,
Amy

Why I Work ALL the Time

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, Personal Actions by missamyyu on July 13, 2009

There are those small moments when I’m reminded why I enjoy working all the time. Sure, I can blame it on the sheer amount of work that needs to be done or my boring life, but I believe I continuously work on hepatitis B related things because I believe that I can truly do good by working on this as much as I can. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I can save the world by myself (wouldn’t that be awfully egotistical?), but I think that if I work that much harder each day, take 2 more minutes of my time to talk to someone about hepatitis B, I can save one more life.

Today, I went to Pho Night at a E.’s place. The pho was delicious, especially since it was homemade, and I ate two whole servings. He even had tripe to add to the pho – my favorite! While the crowd was primarily the usual med student crowd that I’ve come to know, my favorite part of the night was when I had the chance to meet S. and J., UCLA friends of E.’s. They work at PriceWaterhouse Cooper and Cisco respectively, and it was neat that I could actually relate to those companies. We also talked about the crazy new fad since Pinkberry in LA – Koji BBQ Truck (http://kogibbq.com/). Check it out – you shall be amazed. But what really made my night was when I was asked what I did at the Asian Liver Center (“Why Asian livers?), and I got S. and J. to consider getting screened for hepatitis B, and gave them a little bit of hep B education and liver cancer facts. S. followed with a “Do you get paid for this – talking to people outside of work about hep B?” and Y. jumped in and said: “No, it’s about passion for a cause.” That really warmed my heart. And made me realize, that yeah, I do this all the time because I am passionate about getting rid of hep B, and I want to make sure others at least protect themselves and their loved ones.

On another note: can’t believe YLC is in THREE weeks. C. and I need to seriously buckle down and start working our tails off. I really want this conference to be a blast for the students.

I was super excited to see the Jade Ribbon Campaign bag in the Ranch 99 in-store flyer (http://www.99ranch.com/) check it out (Northern California in-store promotions). I toted around my JRC bag on Friday while I got groceries. Those things come in handy. haha. I bought so much mochi and boxed Asian drinks – delicious!

And an update on med school apps: sent the amcas primary in at the beginning of july. working on the texas primary. and freaking out in general.

Went running today with C. I need to get new running shoes – couldn’t even make it halfway around Campus Drive, and my feet were dying. Guess I’ll just have to suck it up and put down a good wad of money for good running shoes (I’m looking at Mizuno Alchemy 8 running shoes). If you have any suggestions for someone who has wide feet, let me know.  Then went to the gym and lifted some weights; I am going to be so sore tomorrow.  We’ll see if I’ll be able to lift my arms past my shoulders.   One day I’ll be fit, too!  (After many painful hours…)

If you shop at Ranch 99 and live in the Bay Area – be on the look out of the Jade Ribbon Campaign grocery bag!  We’re havin a kick-off at the Cupertino store on Friday, July 24th @ 3 PM with Miss Asian America.  Roll out and support!

And to wrap it up: Thanks for reading. Will be in touch soon.

Yours,
Amy

A First Step to Hit the Ground Running

Posted in Uncategorized by missamyyu on July 9, 2009

Hello!  My name is Amy Yu, and first and foremost, welcome to my blog.  I’ll be populating this space soon with my experiences as the Outreach Coordinator for the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and the incredible outreach lessons I have learned through my time here.  I’ll be updating about exciting new outreach events and projects (ex. our corporate campaign to work with multinational corporations like Cisco and Google or our Jade Ribbon Campaign reusable bag made in collaboration with 99 Ranch Market) and tips I have for Asian ethnic community outreach.  I think that it’s important to share the tools, knowledge, and experiences I’ve had so others can use them.  I’ll also be sharing my day to day work and snippets about my life.  Please feel free to comment and leave your own advice and suggestions.  I am always game for learning new things to improve my methods and techniques.  Thanks for reading and I hope you find something here to inspire you into action.

Yours,

Amy