Below are just some things I’m involved with or have been involved with in the past. It’s basically a timeline of the WHAT but just remember, the WHAT is not the WHO.
PRESENT : Ashoka Ambassador
I am working with a team from Ashoka and a few other NYU Ashoka Ambassadors to empower high school students in and around the Manhattan area to create change in their community. Here is a flyer that I created for our kick-off event coming up on November 13th: Ashoka Dream It Do It Flyer for HS Students.
PRESENT : ethikus
Below is a not-very-good-and-too-long video I made for ethikus.
SPRING SEMESTER 2011 : Backpacking in South America
I took the Spring 2010 semester off of school to backpack alone around South America (it was my own version of “study abroad”). Please enjoy the video I made of my experience below! Click here to read a short piece that my experience inspired me to write.
SUMMER 2010 : Pilot Program in Thailand
Click on the video to view a montage of the 3-Day Pilot Program my team and I ran in Chang Rai, Thailand.
SUMMER 2009 : Book Chapter
SPRING 2009 : Direct Involvement
BETHANY'S INTERNATIONAL KITCHEN
When I was 14, I spent my spring break creating a television pilot for an international cooking show for kids. At the time, I was very involved in an acting-for-film class taught by the incredibly-optimistic Frank Rossi. After we filmed the pilot, my mother, Frank and I went to Los Angeles to pitch it. Unfortunately, I was not ready to re-locate to the West Coast to bring the idea to fruition. However, to this day, I believe it is an idea that needs to happen. Kids are not as exposed to international foods and are not given enough of a chance to develop an international palette. If we are exposed to a foreign countries’ delicacies, then perhaps it would empower us to learn more about that culture, feel less separation from that culture, and cause less possible-tension down the road. Food has the power to unite!
COATS 4 KIDS
I started Coats 4 Kids with my mother to assure that Buffalo’s poorest demographic (the hispanic community) would not suffer from the coldest winter months in America. We started the organization shortly after I turned 10 when I noticed that there were children weathering Buffalo’s deadly blizzards in just a t-shirt because they could not afford to buy a proper coat. My mom and I knew we had to do something about it! So, we got in touch with Andy Gonzales, leader of the hispanic community of Buffalo, and began to reach out to schools in the area to collect slightly-used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots. After establishing ourselves, every year we were given a grant from Temple Beth Zion to buy new coats. After spending the Fall months collecting coats, we then distributed them (at no cost, of course) at the Hispanic Community of Buffalo’s Three King’s Day Celebration which attracted 1,000s of families living in and around the Buffalo area (some even traveled 5 hours to get there!). For some families, this was the only gift that they were able to give their children.