As a YES teen, I worked at Trinity Lutheran, South Side, McGraw House, and Shortstop Deli.
In 2009, I came to Ithaca as a refugee from Thailand through Refugee Resettlement Program. I did not speak English, and I was very nervous to work among American people. My biggest fear was people not understanding me and that I would not understand the people I worked with. I received four different jobs through YES during my high school years. Through these jobs, I gained language skills, communication skills and job skills. It increased my confidence.
My YES Rep, Penny, visited me very often at my work place to make sure nobody mistreated me and to evaluate my work. She was always available to help when I needed her. The connection between me and Penny continues after high school and it remains the same. She is there when I need advice and support. She's even been involved with my projects in Myanmar, and has helped me to change the world into a better place for the vulnerable population in Myanmar. Penny and I work together to cover tuition for three students in middle school and fix tables and seats for their school in Myanmar.
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