Jackie, Alex, Eileen, James, and John.
As our 2020 Ambassador Program comes to a close for the year, we want to thank this amazing group. They joined our team at the height of the pandemic and we're so thankful that they stuck with us throughout the program. Each ambassador has their own, individual talent and we were so blessed to have a resilient and thoughtful group for our first cohort. The ambassador program was piloted in 2020 to create a team of young professionals interested in elevating our mission within their communities while gaining hands on professional experiences in oral histories, nonprofit operations and podcasting.
Check out their recommendations on things that are getting them through this pandemic.
Ambassador projects: Episode #20 Story Slam and Second Gen Episode
Favorite episode: #21: One Way Ticket
Favorite food: Bun Bo Xao
Book recommendations: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong; Becoming by Michelle Obama; Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness.
Destress recommendations: painting, baking, outdoor running
Life motto: Trust the process.
Read Jackie's Blog post
Ambassador projects: Brainstorming sessions and podcast's video trailer
Favorite episode: #19: Being Boa
Favorite food: Har Gow
Book recommendations: The Actors Life by Jenna Fischer; Why We Buy by Paco Underhill; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; Pendragon Series by DJ MacHale
Destress recommendations: music, meditating, hiking, biking
Life motto: Treat yourself like you'd treat your loved ones.
Ambassador Projects: Press releases and Story Slam outreach
Favorite episode: #13: Miss VSA
Favorite food: Banh Mi Thit Nuong
Show recommendations: K-Drama, Save Me
Destress recommendations: listening to low-fi hip-hop, crocheting, meditating, eating
Life motto: Patience is key.
Read Eileen's Blog post
Ambassador projects: Interactive diaspora map and timeline of major refugee dates
Favorite episode: #7: A Liminal Space
Favorite food: Chimichurri Burger
Book recommendations: Sputnik Sweetheart and Kafka by Haruki Murakami; Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Destress recommendations: going on walks, playing instruments
Life motto: Do what you love, all the time.
Read James' Blog post
Ambassador projects: Brainstorming sessions and blog posts
Favorite episode: #16: The Ground Kisser
Favorite food: Banh Cuon
Book recommendations: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Destress recommendations: jiu-jitsu, yoga, longboarding, meditating, working out
Life motto: The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without purpose.