May 23, 2010
Community Outreach Director and Building Futures Mentoring Diector
Chinatown Branch YMCA of San Francisco
Jennifer grew to lead through the Chinatown YMCA program during her high school and college years. In her position as YMCA Community Outreach Director, she reaches out to low-income immigrant families, aligning them with community and volunteer resources. As Building Futures Mentoring Director, she partners low income, at-risk youth living in San Francisco’s Chinatown with adult mentors who provide them a connection to their community and each other — and open doors a little wider for Chinatown’s kids. When Jennifer realized that many of these kids had never had a birthday party, she started the “Birthday Club.” And, understanding that many don’t have adults at home to help them read, she initiated weekly reading and tutoring sessions.