Youth Spotlight: Jason Kim

Jason Kim is a senior in high school, and is an amazing volunteer who works incredibly hard to make sure that his local Youth Council operates optimally. Jason is a role model for any Red Cross youth volunteer and truly deserves recognition for his hard work.

Jason first became involved as a freshman with his high school Red Cross Club, where his older brother had previously been Club President. Although at the time he didn’t think that he would be heavily involved, Jason was hooked by the sense of community awaiting him. To him, the Red Cross was more special than any other humanitarian organization he had worked with in the past, and the welcoming atmosphere kept him working towards his goals.

He quickly became President of his Red Cross Club and eventually advanced to be President of his local Youth Council. Under Jason’s leadership, these groups have worked on multiple projects including installations of smoke alarms and educational initiatives – just to name a few.

The most memorable experience Jason has had was creating an international alliance between two clubs. Last summer, he made his way to Sri Lanka and contacted their Red Cross. Jason planned an idea for a youth program between one of their districts and his own home town, and began working on the logistics. Despite the challenges of funding a substantial connection, his project ended up being incredibly successful and the program continues to thrive.

When he is not volunteering for the Red Cross, Jason participates in a math club, plays in the local orchestra, and competes in Science Olympiad. Over time, Jason dropped other organizational affiliations so that he could avidly focus on his Red Cross work.

Although Jason remains undecided about his future areas of study, he hopes to work in a STEM-based, astrophysics career. He is interested in computer science and has a passion for American history. He has so far been accepted into Columbia University in the City of New York, but has not decided where he will attend school in the fall. No matter which school he attends, however, Jason is certain that he wants to continue his Red Cross work in college, whether it be through the National Youth Council or through a College Club. He hopes to find that same community with which he can collaborate, and work towards educational advocacy as well as increased access of quality education in different communities.

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