MEET CAN'S COLLEGE COACHES
Below, we have short profiles of a few of our AmeriCorps College Coaches in the 2018-2019 academic year.

JENNIFER HUYNH

11th Grade Coach at Garfield High School

Hometown + High School

Seattle, Wa

Garfield High School

College + Major

University of Washington, Seattle

Major: Environment Studies

Minor: Earth and Space Science

Fun Fact

I can crack open an apple with my bare hands!

Why did you choose CAN?

I was once a part of CAN as a high school student, and I wanted to revisit my community and give back a little as someone who came from a similar background as myself. I also wanted to explore youth education and mentorship!

What has been the most memorable experience from your term of service?

One of the students that I recruited at the start of the school year was a really shy and quiet person. He didn't really speak up during session, and probably had the lowest grades in his classes of all my other students. But, through gentle encouragement, patience, and time, he's showing interest in other students and has gotten his grades up. He has become a real member of our cohort, and I'm so happy he joined!

NICK ROOT

11th Grade Coach at West Seattle High School

NICK ROOT

11th Grade Coach at West Seattle High School

Hometown

Charlottesville, VA

College + Major

College + Major

University of Virginia

Major in Media Studies

University of Virginia

Major in Media Studies

Fun Fact

I've been to 47 states!

I've been to 47 states!

What advice would you give someone looking to start a year of service in social and/or educational justice?

What advice would you give someone looking to start a year of service in social and/or educational justice?

Take pride in your work even when it seems like you're not doing enough. You have no idea how much impact you're having on students even on the days when you feel unprepared or uncoordinated. One of the most important aspects of social and educational justice is just being a stable and consistent force in someone's life.

Take pride in your work even when it seems like you're not doing enough. You have no idea how much impact you're having on students even on the days when you feel unprepared or uncoordinated. One of the most important aspects of social and educational justice is just being a stable and consistent force in someone's life.

If you're not from Seattle, what was the transition to the Seattle area like for you and what would you say to someone looking to move here?

If you're not from Seattle, what was the transition to the Seattle area like for you and what would you say to someone looking to move here?

The transition was difficult at first, especially when trying to work out travel logistics and living situations. But I quickly found that it was so easy to make friends and genuine connections both at work and in the community. Seattle is a place that you learn to quickly call home and share with those who you've formed a unique bond with.

The transition was difficult at first, especially when trying to work out travel logistics and living situations. But I quickly found that it was so easy to make friends and genuine connections both at work and in the community. Seattle is a place that you learn to quickly call home and share with those who you've formed a unique bond with.

BRENDA ROBLES

11th Grade Coach at Chief Sealth International High School

Hometown + High School

Burien, WA

Highline High School

College + Major

College + Major

University of Washington, Seattle

Major: Biology

Minor: Diversity

Fun Fact

I love beaches, traveling, and trying out new things!

Why would you recommend serving with CAN?

The organization needs CAN Coaches that are supportive, self-motivated, and willing to learn in order to guide their students the best they can. I had the pleasure of serving with a wonderful group of AC members this school year and it has been such a great experience. We do a lot of independent work at our school-sites but we are a united team working for the same mission!

What are your career goals, and what are some of the ways your term of service with CAN has helped you prepare for that?

I plan to become a Pediatric Dentist and return to school in a few years. Even though I'm not considering a future as a school educator, CAN has taught me so much for my own professional development and goals. My passion for empowering youth and my community is what drew me to the organization. I stumbled upon CAN's job posting and I'm so happy that I did!

MORNIDA CHUM

11th Grade Coach at Hazen High School

Hometown

Boise, ID

College + Major

College + Major

Pierce College, Pre-Nursing

University of Washington, Seattle; Major in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

Fun Fact

I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters, and I’m the oldest sibling!

Why would you recommend serving with CAN?

It's an awesome way to get direct experience with students if that's what you're looking for. Even if that isn't, you learn a lot about yourself and what you want to do for your future career. You also learn new skills that you can add to your resume such as managing a budget, event coordinating, public speaking, etc.

What has been the most memorable experience from your term of service?

Having students come and talk to me at random times throughout the day about their personal lives and struggles they face. It shows that there is comfort and trust. It mean so much when they tell you that you're one of the few people who believes in them and that you made them see that they have potential to go to college or just succeed in life in general.

SULLEY SCHUSTER

12th Grade Coach at West Seattle High School

Hometown

Kailua Kona, HI

College + Major

College + Major

University of Oregon

Double Major: Political Science + Environmental Studies

Minor: Geography

Fun Fact

I hate peanut butter

Why did you choose CAN?

As a first generation student myself, I really connected with CAN's mission and wish that I had someone like a CAN coach in my life during high school to help me navigate the college application process. To be that person for students who face a whole host of additional societal inequities sounded like necessary and meaningful work.

What is your favorite part about your work with CAN?

This is easy - the students. I have so many different characters in my cohort, and they're all unique and inspiring in their own ways. To see my students progress and grow over the course of this past year and to share in their successes and failures has been such an incredible experience, and I'm so excited to see what they do next!

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