Belle Yan (SF2013)

 

Placement: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency –  Finance & Information Technology

My Hometown: San Francisco, CA

My Education: Columbia University, B.A. in Political Science and Asian American Studies

Selected Honors: King’s Crown Leadership Award; Dean’s List; Young People 4 Fellow

Selected Activities & Community Involvement: Lead Teacher, Aim High; Co-Director, New York City Asian American Student Conference; Executive Board Member, Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance; Studied Abroad at the University of Hong Kong; Mayoral Appointed Commissioner, San Francisco Youth Commission

Why San Francisco is Important to Me: As a born-and-raised San Franciscan, I believe that the City is deeply intertwined with a large part of my identity and with how I see the world. San Francisco politicized me: with the social-justice-conscious public education I received from SFUSD and experiences I have had on political campaigns and the SF Youth Commission, I embrace the progressivism and diversity that is San Francisco, but also challenge the City to find ways to equitably sustain its working- and middle-class families, tech companies, and young professionals. San Francisco’s legacy of not just tolerating, but supporting marginalized communities, and its dedication to innovation are what attracted San Franciscans to come or remain here – I look forward to playing a role in help balancing those interests and concerns.

Something Unique About Me: I have been involved with Aim High, a summer academic enrichment program for underserved middle school students, for the last ten years as a student and a teacher. I have taught math and Issues and Choices (adolescent development) as a TA, an Intern and a Lead Teacher. I led our all-campus weekly Jeopardy competitions, guided students touring the City and even recently got pied in the face multiple times by students during one of our Cultural Days. I was also the last person ever at Columbia to major in Asian American Studies.

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