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Michelle Xiao

Date: June 12, 2012 Author: asanteadmin Categories: Youth In Action In North America

June 2012

Michelle in a wide arm spread welcome

Michelle Xiao has been a volunteer videographer with Asante Africa Foundation for a year, producing three videos that have been viewed over 3000 times! Michelle’s ‘can do’ attitude and outgoing personality compliments her passion and motivation to actively engage in her local and global community. Asante Sana, Michelle for your positive impact!

How did you become involved with the Asante Africa Foundation?

I responded to a volunteer posting by Asante Africa Foundation. I thought it was a good opportunity to diversify my skills as well as gain new skills in digital and video production.

What other volunteering do you do?

I’m a math tutor at my high school. I’ve also volunteered at the library and at a dental office doing administrative work.

It looks like you enjoy volunteering in your spare time. What do you enjoy most about it?

I love helping people. It’s good to know that what I’m doing, no matter how small, can help others immensely.

What have you gained and or learned from your volunteer experience?

I’ve learned a lot about myself and how fortunate I am. It has changed my perspective on how things shouldn’t be taken for granted.

What did you enjoy most about putting together the videos for Asante Africa?

The best part was going through all the photographs and learning the stories behind them. The photographs were like a documentation of the changes and transformations that took place from inception to execution, whether they were classrooms being built or students transitioning from one grade to another.

What are your future goals?

I hope to become a pharmacist one day. I love math and science.

How do you think education or lack thereof affects a young person’s future?

Education can open the door to infinite possibilities whereas a lack of education can close the door to those opportunities. Nashiro’s story especially resonated with me when Erna shared it. I was struck by how a cow could make a difference in her ability to attend school. And now that she is in school, it’ s amazing how well she is doing. It makes me wonder how different her life would be if she wasn’t able to go to school.