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AmeriCorps at Neighborhood House 

Meet a fomer AmeriCorps member: Rachael Parks
Rachael was a Youth Tutor at Neighborhood House's Burndale site in Auburn, Washington for the 2019-2020 year. She is a recent graduate of Western Washington University where she double majored and earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Anthropology. In her AmeriCorps role, she organized project-based activities for youth aged 5 to 17. She also cultivated social-emotional learning and STEAM interests throughout her programs. Rachael enjoys working with youth and says it's especially important for kids to be nurtured in such settings since they may not have the opportunity through regular school curriculum or at home. She hopes to be able to apply lesson planning and time management skills learned to her future career!

Meet a former AmeriCorps member: Derek Chen
Derek was a Youth Tutor at Neighborhood House's High Point site in West Seattle in 2018-2019. In this AmeriCorps role, he planned and engaged teens in STEAM after-school activities in the STUDIO program. Derek is a recent graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. As a college student, he became interested in equity issues in science and tech fields. He found his AmeriCorps experience to be a meaningful chance to help expand opportunity for those from underrepresented backgrounds. Derek is currently a genetics researcher at Stanford University where he additionally volunteers for a pen pal program that connects scientists with youth from around the country - a program he is working to bring to STUDIO through the relationships he developed at Neighborhood House!

Read more about Derek's experience with Neighborhood House:

Read our archived AmeriCorps member interviews:

Alex Jones, Youth Tutoring - Burndale

Anita Yem
, Youth Tutoring - Firwood Circle

Joe Donohoe, Youth Tutoring - Seola Gardens

Kayla Kramer
, Youth Tutoring - Burndale

Yvonne Alvarez, Youth Tutoring - Seola Gardens

Zev Haggitt
, High Point Teens

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