David Chen, Teen Health Educator

Who are you and why do you do what you do?

Tell us a little about yourself.

In today’s global economy I am pretty sure many of you know a product that is Made in China, and of course, I am one of these many MIC products. I was manufactured in GuangDong, China. Like many Made in China products, they are often exported abroad. I was exported to Tijuana, Mexico at a very young age and now I am here in the U.S. market. ¡Saludos amigos! My name is David Chen, a rising junior at Baruch College majoring in Computer Information System/Data Analytics and minoring in Sociology. I am passionate about urban planning, urban informatics and public housing policies, and I believe that thorough data analysis can serve as a major source of policy making that will ultimately improve our community.

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Anna Liu, Teen Health Educator

What does TRC mean to you?

My life. Just kidding, not entirely my life, but it did make a huge impact during my high school years. Before I became a health educator, I was a participant of almost all the programs TRC had for teens. Not only did it give me something to do and make use of my time more productively, I have learned so much from what they could offer me, from professional development workshops to various health education workshops to creative activities. Now as a part of the team, I get to give back to the community that I received so much from by providing a safe space for teens to express their voice and opinions and just be who they are without pressuring them to be someone they are not. Besides teens, we also provide information and tips to parents/guardians on how to communicate better with their teens.

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Sonora Yun, Youth Services Coordinator

What does TRC mean to you?

Oh boy, so many bountiful things. Depending on the day, I might be found:

  • Facilitating an awesome discussion on consent (particularly on how we can actively shape consent culture and change rape culture)
  • Planning a poetry workshop on the concept of borders in migration (shout out to Gloria Anzaldua and Sandra Cisneros)
  • Connecting youth to programs, resources, and mentors (or as I’d like to think: passion, safety, and community)
  • Exchanging impromptu language lessons with my coworkers (my favorite word in Cantonese is “pineapple red bean bun”)
  • Engaging in a meaningful conversation about sexual coercion with a teenage boy, who only a year ago, had been living in Brazil (conversation made possible with a little extra help from Google Translate)

My days feel varied and meaningful. I am very thankful for every person who opens up and shares space with me. Most importantly, I am thankful for my coworkers who make up the amazing team of TRC. They challenge me to grow and change a little bit every single day.

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Sandy Pan, Health Educator


Who are you and why do you do what you do?
A bit about me:
I’m a work in progress. I am a ball of energy. I am a daughter, sister, cousin, friend, colleague, & more.
I like dolphins, elephants, & exotic wildlife.
I love to be in nature, travel, & explore the wonders of life.
I enjoy singing, playing badminton, swimming, running, writing, and doing arts & crafts.
I celebrate life, people, and experiences. I love documenting life because it confirms our existence.
I work as a health educator by day & an internet entrepreneur by night.
I went to PS130, MS131, Baruch College Campus High School, & Skidmore College.
I value health, fitness, freedom, honesty, love, creativity, growth & change.
I want to make my life meaningful, be a contributor to society, & the Santa Claus in my family.
My mission in life is: I educate and empower.

I do what I do because: “What do you want to do when you grow up? What is your purpose in life? What are you here?” – These existential questions came up one day when I was in Spanish class in high school. And since then, finding out the answers to them has been a lifelong project. Before working at the Teen Resource Center (TRC), I didn’t even know it existed. I wish I knew about it as a teen. It is truly a blessing to have been discovered by TRC, to work here as a Health Educator for the past 2+ years, and to be able to contribute to its progress and growth! I fell in love with TRC since day one – the positive and loving people, its mission to provide a safe and healthy space for teens, the many fun and empowering activities and programs, and its flexibility and space for innovation and change. Working at the TRC is an extension of my mission in life and has lit up my world.

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Brian Tang, Program Coordinator

What is one of your favorite TRC memories?

One of my favorite TRC memories is the first day I started providing health education to youth. As many of you may know, we offer confidential one-on-one health educations with teens at our Health Center. I remember thinking to myself: “I can finally make a difference.” I think back to the times when I was a teenager. Not knowing anything about my health, not being able to discuss taboo topics with my parents – or talking to them at all about my life. I had so many questions about myself, health, sex, you name it. Google was my best friend… but was the information correct? Reading about something can only help so much. Being able to sit down and discuss with someone is another story. Building a positive relationship with youth and providing them with a safe environment to ask questions and develop is what I sought to do.

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Yuan Wang, Teen Health Educator

What does TRC mean to you?

Being a part of TRC, for me right now, means being part of a community that’s always learning how to put young people first. It means having a chance to talk with other young Chinese people about the things that matter to us, about our everyday lives, and to just have fun and be silly together too. It means being there to support the young folks who come through for the first time and who have been a part of TRC for a long time, and just trying to be an encouraging, supportive, and listening presence. It means seeing folks who come by as whole people, and trying to share support without judgement.

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