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

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