Our First Meeting of the Year

The JRYC’s first meeting of the year started out with a bang! After sharing what’s changed during winter break, we got down to business. First on the agenda, evaluating the success of our second outing: caroling at Union Square. After some discussion, we all came to the conclusion that our elevator pitches, a 30 second spiel about what the JRYC  is, needed work. We needed to make our elevator pitches more relatable to a variety of people. Furthermore we need to show them ways they can get involved and help out. Determined to give the best elevator pitch possible, the JRYC decided to practice. As the old adage goes, practice makes perfect. For our next meeting, we set a goal of elevator pitching to at least five people. We would return with adequate feedback and ways to make our elevator pitches unstoppable.

We soon turned our attention to what the future entails as we began mapping out Hep B week. Our first order of business was planning out an organized system to renew our city proclamations and hopefully attain numerous new ones. We then brainstormed things cities could do to promote Hep B week. The most prominent idea is tying jade ribbons around light posts around the city.

As our meeting neared the end, we delegated tasks to put our plans into action.

Angela Zhang

Monta Vista High School

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AACI

Greetings!

Stefanie here. Today Walter and I went to volunteer at AACI, or Asian Americans for Community Involvement, in San Jose. For those that don’t know what AACI is, it is a place where people can get low-cost screenings and vaccination packages. There were about 17 volunteers in total- mostly high school students around the Bay Area and some college students. We arrived bright and early to set up for the screening and vaccination procedures. The whole room was reorganized so that customers would learn about hepatitis B, get registered, and get tested/vaccinated. This was my second time at AACI, and quite a few people came compared to my first time. I helped out at the nurses’ station, recording  patient’s vaccination information: what type of shot, how many times they had it, and on what arm they received the shot.

I am very glad that AACI offers a place for the APA community to get the proper protection against hepatitis B. At the very least, they will be informed about hep B and have the chance to find out how to deal with the ‘silent killer’. Getting screened/vaccinated allows people to face hepatitis B head-on and avoid the consequences that ignorance brings. With one less problem in their lives, I  hope that they will tell their friends and family about hep B and AACI. I look forward to volunteering more often and, along with everyone, be a step closer to eradicating hepatitis B!

Happy early MLK Jr Day!

Stefanie

St. Francis High School