The Game Changer of the Month is a celebration of Coaching Corps’ commitment to raising up those that have actively worked to exemplify our mission to provide access to opportunities for youth in low-income communities of color. For us, this month’s recognition is something of a first in that we are honoring not one but three Game Changers of the Month! We are thrilled to celebrate our youngest recipients ever and share their viewpoints as sometimes it takes youth to provide unique insights into supporting youth.
Please join us in honoring Samantha Ma, Kyle Jung, and Lauren Tran. Recently, the three high school-aged Coro Youth Fellows proactively engaged Coaching Corps to provide their perspective on communicating externally to youth and meeting their needs. As part of their project, they conducted interviews, took our online trainings, attended the empathy webinar, reviewed our communications, and experienced first-hand how our coaches benefit from what Coaching Corps has to offer them. Their perspective on this part was particularly of interest, especially as we have begun to accept volunteer coaches as young as 13!
Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring interviews, reflections and ultimately give Samantha, Kyle, and Lauren the reigns to our monthly ‘Corps Insights’ thought leadership editorial to share their unique perspective.
So, without further ado, below is a bit of information about our trio of Game Changers!
Samantha Ma is an upcoming senior at Phillip and Sala Burton High School. She enjoys drawing and reading and is interested in biology as a potential career path. She is a part of CYC Dragon Boat and volunteers at various marathons and events throughout San Francisco with her team. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to be a confident leader and find and use her voice to lead and help others.
Lauren Tran is a junior at Hayward High School. She enjoys playing basketball for her school, reading, and cooking Vietnamese food with her family. Lauren is also involved in her school’s Robotics Team and Mock Trial club and volunteers with Be My Eyes and Ready Set Go Education. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to network with others and be an inclusive leader.
Kyle Jung is a junior at Arroyo High School. They enjoy playing sports and listening to music and are involved in their school’s Red Cross Club. They also volunteer with EBAYC programs at the library and did a fundraiser for their local hospital. Through Coro, they hope to learn how to become a leader and improve their social skills.
Coro’s Youth Fellows Program (YFP) is a 6-week immersive, cohort-based summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. The Exploring Leadership (EL) program trains high school students to become active citizens and assume leadership roles in their communities. Through a set of Coro modules, the program increases the Youth Fellows’ critical thinking and goal-setting abilities, ultimately giving them the skills to become effective facilitators and collaborators for community change.