The WILD Fellowship was created in order to provide a culturally-responsive, experiential leadership development program for youth ages 16-18. The purpose of the program is for youth to learn more about Asian Pacific American (APA) history, process current events, and ultimately make a positive impact on the Chinatown-International District. In addition to learning how to facilitate and lead groups of peers (and elders), Fellows develop advocacy skills, learn about local APA activism and movements, plan outdoor trips, and work together on a community-based environmental justice project. Upon completion of the program, Fellows are then qualified to move on as WILD interns.
This year, the Fellows chose to help construct a retaining wall in InterIm CDA’s Danny Woo Community Garden to benefit our elders who garden there. They will also be painting an art mural with an environmental justice focus for the Children’s Garden toolshed. Meet our 2019 Fellows:
An Vu is a recent graduate of Summit Sierra High School.
“ I like to eat, play League of Legends and sleep. I will be studying at the University of Washington this fall with the focus of getting a degree in Bioengineering.”
Anqi Li is a sophomore at Franklin high school. She’s full Chinese and knows four Chinese dialects.
“I joined wild because I wanted to learn more about my community and what’s happening in the CID because I’ve always been in the CID (mostly because of food and drinks…, and I want to make some positive impact to our community.”
Calvin is a recent graduate of Garfield High School.
“I like sad music, but WILD helped me be happier. I am a recent graduate of Garfield High School and will be going to University of Washinton- go Huskies!”
Darius Wade is a Sophomore at Cleveland STEM High School. He is half Black, half Lao and Thai.
“I joined the WILD fellowship to get a good experience with helping the community in Chinatown. I also wanted to get more information on the displacement not ONLY happening in Chinatown but in the Soufend as well. I loved the opportunities we had to further help Chinatown out.”
Edgiemeh Dela Cruz is a recent graduate of Summit Sierra. She is Filipino.
“I joined WILD because I wanted to feel more connected to a community that I was going to be in the majority of my time. In this years fellowship, the highlight is actually the times when we just have random out spurts of laughter which made us bond so much more.”
Haben Fasil is a junior at Franklin High School.
“I am an Eritrean. I’ve been in the WILD program for two years now.”
Justin Chau is at Cleveland High School. He is also known as JC.
“I am 16 years old and my birthday is Oct 7th. I hate coconuts.”
Kevin Choi is a recent graduate of Garfield High School and is Chinese.
“The WILD Fellowship has surprisingly been something I always look forward to every week. We explore real and relevant social issues, but we actually do something about it for our community. I’ll miss each and every person I’ve met here, like a lot.”
Natalie is a recent graduate. She is at the University of Washington.
“I was initially in the Cooking Club then I joined WILD’s Fellowship Program!”
Sabrina S. Buparat is a recent graduate of Summit Sierra High School and is Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hmong. She takes part in teaching in a traditional Lao music and dance foundation.
“I joined the WILD Fellowship because I wanted to learn and contribute to my community in the Chinatown/ International District. While doing so, I learned so much more about the CID than I knew existed, and not only was I able to connect and understand more about the community, I also gained skills in leadership.”
Zhuo Rong (Andy) Ruan Zhao, and was born in Colombia, Bogota.
“I am a friendly person, positive energy, quiet, humble, hard-working person. ”