Fall Into Place

The weather may be freezing outside, but that still doesn’t cause the JRYC members’ minds to shut down! Once again, we gathered into the underground office, ahem lair, that is the starting point of all our ideas. And boy, were we productive while nibbling on tasty snacks like oranges, persimmons and Wheat Thins. Hey, we¬† need to be healthy too (=

For a good chunk of time, we reassembled into our groups to discuss the first outreach project this semester. We were able to review our proposals and confirm the crucial details. Also, talk about creative thinking! A wheel was called for by the Peninsula Group, and it was amazing. Bright colors, questions already on the back, wow it was a dream come true that satisfied our frugal needs. The East Bay still planned their very exciting plot to take over drink places–sticker style. Don’t worry everyone, these projects won’t stay under wraps for long. In fact, look out for the Peninsula Group patrolling Tanforan Mall and East Bay at a Tapioca Express near you. ūüėČ

We weren’t able to run off topic this time (well…maybe a little ūüôā ) as our agenda kept us moving right along. B-Linked, our electronic newsletters to past JRYC and YLC attendees, will be launched again during this year’s winter break. Yes, people will soon be able to curl up with a blanket, hot chocolate, and their printer as they look forward to that enticing email. Articles about the outreach projects, YLC, APAVH, and health clinic screenings will be featured in this issue, along with tons of delightful pictures. Our staff includes many editors and designers to create this fabulous must-read.

It may be just the beginning of winter, but it’s never too early to plan for Hepatitis B Week this upcoming March! Right after a restful winter break, our ambitious JRYC members will contact city councils to proclaim Jade Ribbon Week. How many cities, do you ask? Twenty-eight! Not only will we attempt to have all these proclamations, but future projects targeting high schools, libraries, and other commmunity centers will be launched. Watch out Bay Area, there will be fifteen hyper motivated students coming your way! Maybe even tying jade ribbons all over your lampposts. ;D

Well, so long for now, as our next meeting won’t be until December! Meanwhile, our projects are falling into place.

hooray,

yvi le

evergreen valley  high school

Welcome to San Francisco!

Well, it’s been a while, but I have the most exciting news. Last week, on Sunday, November 2, 2008, the Asian Liver Center held the very first Asia and Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis (APAVH). It teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to host this event in San Francisco, attended by authorities on hepatitis B from all over the world.

As the one high school student among dozens of distinguished-looking professionals (and, of course, the lovely ALC staff and interns who helped put this all together), I must confess I practically drooled. My mouth was open the whole time, greeting these awesome people, learning their names as they registered, explaining the meaning behind the jade ribbon when they asked. Oh yes, and sneaking for myself tidbits of the breakfast platters we set out for them.

This was definitely a well-organized event, and from what I saw, the attendees loved it. Our very own Dr. So gave a presentation alongside WHO representative Dr. Manju Rani, and assemblywoman Fiona Ma attended, as well as AsianWeek editor Ted Fang, who had to rush off to China right after. One man from Portugal inquired about getting our brochures and even our super-trendy “Team HBV” shirts! Talk about going global, perhaps the ALC should consider starting its own fashion line. Sort of like what Gap does with (PRODUCT) Red. And just to throw it out there,¬†the Janet Zola from the SF Department of Public¬†Health complimented my burgundy-colored¬†peep-toe heels. Yes, they are burgundy. See, I think we have potential here.

I feel so blessed to be a member of the JRYC.¬†This is the kind of volunteer opportunities we get! It’s so exciting to work with the ALC and learn how we operate on an international scale as well as a local one, where we¬†usually help people within our community get low-cost screenings and vaccinations. Team HBV is getting bigger: next stop, Portugal and their delicious egg tarts!

Love, Cerena

P.S. Someone should bring these to our next meeting. Hint hint.