The JRYC Take it to San Jose

The Jade Ribbon Youth Council are what I call the babies of the Jade Ribbon Campaign, a campaign aimed to spreading awareness about Hepatitis B.  Not only are we the youngest, ranging from ages 15 to 18, but we’re like the little egg of hope that holds all the potential.

Every year,  in January, the JRYC prepare for submitting proclamations to city councils from the East Bay to the South Bay to recognize a week in May (it used to be March) as Hepatitis B Awareness Week.  It started as only a few cities and now we doubled the number to 21 in only two years! How amazing is that for less than 15 high school students who meet every other Monday?

This year was especially special since on Tuesday May 19th, Global Hepatitis B Day, Hanmin Kim, Yvi Le, Katherine Hsu, Cerena Chen, Daniel Ki, Michelle Kang, Esther Han, and Elisabeth Sum as well as staff members Nicole Tantoco and Dr. Stephanie Chao set out to San Jose City Hall to meet Mayor Chuck Reed and personally recieve the city proclamation in a council meeting. Usually, the proclamations are mailed by the cities but we were honored that the Mayor and his staff cordially invited us to speak on behalf of our cause and to in-person recognize his support.  After a short speech by Cerena Chen thanking the Mayor for the proclamation and many, many photos (to which taking over a thousand photos is our specialty as high school students), we waved good-bye to another year as the Jade Ribbon Youth Council.

So now we’re at an all time-high at 21 cities committed to the Hepatitis B Awareness Week cause (please see the Asian Liver Center website for all cities).  Please look forward to our new record next year and we can’t wait to see you at the Youth Leadership Conference in August!

Always and forever, on behalf of the JRYC,

Elisabeth Sum

Danville, CA – Monte Vista High School