Our Firsts and Lasts

It was recently announced that this year’s eighth Jade Ribbon Youth Council will be the last as it will evolve into our first Team HBV High School Chapters National Advisory Board. Four of our current JRYC members, Honora, Jimmy, Stefanie, and Pearl, will serve on this board as well as a few other students. This being my second and last year before heading off to college, I am sad to leave. I’ve grown exponentially from being on this council. However, I am confident that my fellow JRYC members will lead the high school chapters to incredible heights and am anxious to see this board’s future success. On this bittersweet note, I will update you on what the JRYC has planned for its last year.

Introducing the first Team HBV Freeze Mob! We will be freezing for 5 minutes at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco’s Little Saigon on Saturday, May 21st. I don’t believe a better location exists. After passersby have been captivated by our awesome freezing abilities, we will direct them to nearby hepatitis B screening booths. Did I mention that there will be video cameras? Well, we’re hoping this will become a YouTube sensation. For this to become a success, we are currently recruiting 250 students from San Francisco, Team HBV high school chapters, collegiate chapters, and other clubs to freeze with us. Interested? Visit our facebook event page for updated information and  sign up here by April 30th. By the way, applications for the 9th Youth Leadership Conference on API Health are also being accepted. I as well as many of the JRYC will be assistant team leaders, so please attend!

Before I end this entry, I thought I would share how I came to be a part of JRYC. I was introduced to this cause at the 7th YLC. There, I met Patrick, the Wang brothers, Hamin, and all the old JRYC members who were assistant team leaders. Seeing them in their green shirts leading other high school students (some older than they), I admired their leadership and maturity. I thought, “I want to be standing where they’re standing.” They were so inspiring that I felt it would be an honor to be on the same council as them. When I read the email from Amy saying I was accepted, I was in the library with my laptop. The only thing that kept me from screaming was the hand clamped over my mouth. (Not sure if this is a good thing, but it was actually more exciting than most of my college acceptances.)

To put it bluntly, many students join councils to list them as another activity on their college applications. For me, what makes JRYC different from another extracurricular activity is continuity. Although my experience on JRYC will soon end, my involvement in hepatitis B awareness is merely beginning. You’ll see me at my college’s Team HBV chapter, YLC’s, screenings, and wherever there is still a person at risk for HBV.

Cindy Lam

Aragon/CSM Middle College ‘11

Little Red Riding Hood comes to the Fremont Main Library

February 22, 2011 marked the day of the JRYC’s first ever production of the classic children’s tale Little Red Riding Hood. Performed at the beautiful children’s stage in the Fremont Main Library, the event was a great success! It all began with the turn out. Having done multiple Peter and the Wolf productions from last year, I was tentative on the number of people that would attend, especially since it was on a Tuesday evening. But my fears were washed away at the sight of a packed audience. Props definitely to Raji and the Fremont Main Library for publicizing the event. Led by fiery performance from Tiffany (the wolf) and Stefanie (Little Red Riding Hood), the JRYC pulled off both an entertaining and educational performance. Not bad for opening night!

Jay Wang
Archbishop Mitty ‘11

Cupertino L.R.R.H. (Lur) Event and Lur Group

L.R.R.H. = amazing. Let me explain:

It started off as “Peter and the Wolf”, a story that my YLC team leader, Dylan Kim, “created”. He made it into a story-telling event that would end up being repeatedly used by future JRYC members. I guess the student learned from the teacher just like how I grew interested in organizing the Lur event.

I wanted to improve this event from when I first heard about it. I heard that not many children came to the events in previous years and that some children didn’t know the story. The Lur group tried to fix these things. We tried to find another story, one that was universal. “Little Red Riding Hood.” That was our answer, and we went with it.

We went through weeks of grueling pain and struggle to organize this event. We worked efficiently through email and through meetings to sort through logistics, contact local libraries, finalize our list of libraries, work out list of props, finalize our list of libraries, organize library groups, disband groups, organize new library groups, and many other tasks that do not include eating candy that is meant for the library kids and creating multiple email threads that bug other members.

I have to thank former JRYC members for making this possible. Your experience with story-telling events last year helped the group and me to decide how to approach this project. THANK YOU!

All right, before we move on to the actual Cupertino event, I have to tell a mini-episode: During the “contacting-library” phase, there was a 3-week interim in which I stopped receiving return emails from the manager. I began to send reminder emails on the third week, because there was definitely something wrong. It was only until the week after that third week of silence that I received a reply. The manager was sick… off the job for three whole weeks and “could not get to a computer”. Seriously? So… just stayed in bed for three weeks? It was like two or three weeks before the actual performance and the manager finally responded? Obviously, I was mad. Okay, sickness is an excuse but our event is important! Or is it? That’s when it hit me. They don’t really care about our event. Our flyers weren’t put up. The library did not give us any support, besides letting us use the room. Well? What can I say? This is life. You face certain situations where you might need to put in a little more work… or a lot more work to succeed in finishing your task. Nonetheless, it’s something to think about next year; we might need to put in some manpower in advertising our event.

Back to the actual performance:

Overall great job crew. Came two hours early. I know… tough times tough times, but we had to rehearse and set everything up. If we arrived 30 minutes before the performance, I admit we might have sucked. Thank you Matt and Diana for coming to help us set up and organize last minute details. Thank you Angela for volunteering to come elevator pitch afterwards. Thank you cast for being such a great cast! And thanks to those who brought props. Man, those were hard to deal with.

I truly believe that this project was successful. I’ll wait until Milpitas before I say that statement. So far so good. You all have done a great job and keep on spreading awareness of HBV! Three for Life! Yeeeeeeee.

-Jimmy Zheng (JayZ)

 

Cupertino Lib. Group

This was the Cupertino LRRH Group after the performance. Only three children wanted to be in the picture...

A Storybook Adventure

As a new project for our JRYC council this year, we’ve decided to write a Hepatitis B-themed children’s book that will be placed hopefully throughout many Bay Area hospital waiting rooms. Through our book, our aim is not only to entertain little kids in the waiting room but also to spread awareness to their parents as they read our book.

We recently began constructing the plot line of the book, and I must say, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. At first, we thought we could just sit down, think of a plot, and be done, just like that. However, there were many details we needed to consider. We had to think about book size, text size, image style, writing style, and so much more. Then, with each decision, we had to reflect how a typical six to ten year old might react.

A few of us met up at Borders during a weekend, hoping the children’s section might inspire our juvenile selves to brainstorm what younger kids wanted to read about. We sifted through a few of the popular books: Dr.Seuss, Where the Wild Things Are, and other stories, trying to find a pattern between the story lines, diction, visuals, and so on. We even consulted child psychology for a while, learning about the different issues children face at specific ages in their mental development.

With all our new knowledge, we faced the greater task of applying the skills of writing a children’s book to creating a book relevant to our cause. We needed to simplify our facts. In addition, we needed to add small subtleties like names and phrases that would resonate with the kids, so it would be better ingrained in their heads.

Over the course of many laughs and interesting conversations, we finally began to write, deciding on a book with little text and wide vibrant photos. That said, we knew our words would have to be concise and simple. At one point, we even stopped a little boy finding books with his mother to ask if he understood what the word “vial” meant. Unfortunately, i guess vial was not a part of a 7year-old’s vocabulary so we didn’t use it in during our writing. As time passed, it surprisingly came somewhat easier with so many minds churning; maybe we just had rediscovered our childish natures.

We’re still in the process of working on the book but we’re making progress. Look forward to our end product within the next few months to find out what adventure our main character Jade  goes on!

Michelle Lo

A Merry Caroling

Today was my first JRYC event, which was caroling at Cupertino Village while also educating the public about Hepatitis B. With our Santa hats and Team HBV shirts, we sang Christmas songs and dispersed into groups to outreach to people. Words truly cannot explain what we experienced. We got a lot of weird looks by shoppers as we struggled just to start the song with the right pitch. This is when I realized what the veteran JRYC members meant by staying brave and not allowing the awkward stares to intimidate us. Once we started it, however, it got easier. We began to sing with our wonderful voices as we moved from one place to another to garner more publicity. I am sure that the families and customers must have had a delightful musical afternoon at Cupertino Village.

I have mixed feelings about the outreach we did. It was definitely hard to be rejected, but it was also very encouraging when some people were willing to stop and listen to some teenagers promote Hepatitis B awareness. We also got some good experience with elevator pitches.

I just want to say good job to everyone for staying positive through all of this experience. I also want to give a big thank you to all the club members who came to help us, and also Ann for watching over us.

As my first JRYC event, this was great. I got a chance to bond with several members who I did not have the chance to talk with before, and now I am definitely excited for the upcoming events!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Stephanie Liu

A Hep B Free Year!

This year’s council’s first outreach event was caroling in the Cupertino Village Shopping Center. We “donned our gay apparel”, like festive Santa hats and bright green Team HBV shirts.  After singing a collection of Christmas songs, we elevator pitched to passersby and gave them brochures. This outreach event was a great example of why a willingness to be embarrassed is one of the character traits of the JRYC. Our caroling was a mix of angelic singing, fits of laughter, stumbling over lyrics, and awkward pauses between verses. Seated customers and passing families couldn’t help but stare at us.

But of course, we did not forget our primary purpose—outreach. Outreach can be defined as reaching out to the public. Responses, however, are not so easily defined. They can range between the following three scenarios, all of which were experienced today.

Scenario A: Accept

JRYC: Happy Holidays! I’m from the Jade Ribbon Youth Council…Would you like a brochure to find out more information about our low cost screenings and vaccinations?

Stranger: I would love to! Thank you!

Scenario B: Ignore

JRYC: Hi!……

Stranger: *walks quickly away*

JRYC: =[

Scenario C: Reject

JRYC: Happy Holidays! I’m from the Jade Ribbon Youth Council…Would you like a brochure to find out more information about our low cost screenings and vaccinations?

Stranger: No.

I would like to commend the JRYC members for successfully executing scenario A and persevering through scenarios B and C. Thank you everyone for coming out today despite being on winter break. I would like to give a special thanks to the sisters and classmates who came to help us and Ann for being our chaperone on such short notice. We wish everyone a happy hep b free new year!

Cindy Lam

Aragon/CSM Middle College ‘11

Jackie Chan Kicks HBV

After Cindy’s awesome outreach to celebrity chef Martin Yan, I was inspired to follow her footsteps. I decided to contact legendary star Jackie Chan. At the time, he was on the other side of the world promoting The Karate Kid in Japan and I was stuck with classes. I wrote him a letter inviting him to join the Jade Ribbon Campaign and asked him to sign the Team HBV shirts to show his support. He graciously complied with my request by signing not one, but two shirts. We showed his picture below at YLC right before watching Rush Hour at movie night. I regret not being able to make the elevator pitch about hep B to him myself, but believe me, I would have hopped on the next available flight to see him if I could!  I did pitch to his translator over the phone, however, and he was the one who brought the T-shirts and Jade Ribbon packet to the martial arts master.

Hopefully we can get Jackie Chan and other celebrities involved in future JRYC outreach projects.  Thanks Jackie- you’re always our hero!

Stefanie

Saint Francis High School ’12

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