It was a transformative experience that gave me a newfound appreciation for the range of challenges a more recent immigrant student might encounter.
— Amy Cheung

Amy Cheung is a doctoral student at Harvard’s Graduate School for Education who volunteers with the BCNC Youth Center as a mentor. Although she has worked with groups of youth before, Amy found the responsibility of serving as a mentor more “intimate” and “intense.” She felt a different sense of responsibility that made the stakes seem higher.

Through the eyes of her mentee, Amy began to see how difficult it can be to navigate the college process as an English Language Learner: "I remember going on a college tour with her and suddenly realizing how difficult it would be for my mentee to understand all of the information being thrown at her. Even though there were programs for diverse groups, they’re not actually that accessible for English language learners. It was a transformative experience that gave me a newfound appreciation for the range of challenges a more recent immigrant student might encounter.”

Amy’s mentee is now in college and continues to learn and grow. The same is true for Amy, as she continues to mentor young people.