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International Interns Work with Asian Community Preparedness to Learn about Youth for Chinese Elderly Program
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By Debbie Yee, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
August 23, 2010

This summer, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter invited three student interns from Jordan, Scotland, and China who are members of the Red Cross/Red Crescent family to visit the Bay Area and learn how the American Red Cross supports major events nationally and locally. After Debbie Yee gave them a presentation about what the Asian Community Preparedness (ACP) Department does, they expressed great interest in the Youth for Chinese Elderly Program (YCE), especially the work they do around monolingual seniors. 

On July 7, ACP manager Michael Wong accompanied the three interns, led by AmeriCorps member Emily Christian, to a senior building in the South of Market that YCE was visiting for the month. After a brief training by YCE members, the international interns were sent to work with the seniors through interpreters. During the session, seniors were taught about the three emergency action steps check, call and care. After the educational session, they sat down together for chair exercises and a fun crafts project of learning to fold paper flowers. Bo Zhang, the intern from Nanjing, China, was completely blown away by the activities. “We don’t have this kind of program in China,” he said, “and I will definitely report this to my Red Cross unit.”

Overall a great day of fun, filled with unique learning experiences, for our international interns about what it means to be a Red Cross youth volunteer in the Bay Area Chapter’s Youth for Chinese Elderly Program.

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