Hi, my name is Jacqueline. I am a graduate student at University of Michigan School of Public Health, studying in the Health Behavior and Health Education program. My background is mainly in pediatric nursing-and through my experience as a nurse, I realized I really enjoyed helping to educate my patients about their illness and/or care, so they could have less fear about their situation and feel more independent and in control. I also deeply value health promotion, and promoting small changes that can ultimately make a big difference.
I personally enjoy working with youth, because I find them to be so brilliant, creative and full of new ideas-not worrying about whether they are attainable or not. Youth are so optimistic, and eager to learn and acquire new skills and gain independence, I want to be able to support and encourage these practices for youth in a positive, fun and educational environment.
When I was looking for an internship this summer I knew I wanted to work with kids in a hands on atmosphere, where I would be able to both interact directly with the youth, as well as learn about all the “behind the scenes” planning that goes into educational programming. I also knew that Seattle is a hub for people trying to do things to better their communities and the world around them, as I had previously lived and worked in Seattle.
I “stumbled upon” Green Plate Special, and felt like it was a perfect fit. I had grown up helping my parents in our family garden (it’s where my brother and I first honed our entrepreneurship skills :)-we set up a table in our drive way and waved down passing cars), and both my parents had always been enthusiastic about preparing, cooking and eating meals together. I thought this program would not only be a good fit for learning and growing professionally, but also personally.
I look forward to the unique cultural and familial experiences the children in the program will “bring to the table” and teach me about. I hope that I can encourage them to open up to trying new things, help them in acquiring new knowledge and skills about food (where it comes from, how much work goes into cultivating it, how fun preparing it can be, how it can be healthy and taste good too), but also honor the customs and practices surrounding food in their own lives.
Favorite Vegetable: Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes or Cucumbers
Favorite Fruit: Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Plantains (Platanos)
Favorite thing to cook: All egg dishes, pizza from scratch, any baking activity
Favorite family cooking memory/experience:
My mom (and her friends) makes seasonal jam three times a year (peach, strawberry and raspberry), for the raspberry she also picks the fruit. I enjoy making jam with mom, and appreciate all the work that goes into making it. Learning family food traditions is important to me, because it is something you can carry on from generation to generation, it brings people together to both prepare and eat it, and it both honors and carries on your families or cultures heritage/traditions, and makes for great memories.
Unearthing new textures, colors and experiences. Who knew vegetables could teach you so much about life!