YANA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

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STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

for children raised in welfare homes. 

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JINA PARK

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Jina was raised at the Dong Myung

Children's Center, where she graduated

(aged out) in February 2016.

 

Jina came to the United States in the fall of 2016

and began her YANA Study Abroad Program

at Bergen Community College as an ESL student.
 

Jina has been a student at the University

of California, Riverside, since the fall of 2020.
She is pursuing a bachelor's degree

in chemistry and expects to finish in 2023.

- 24 YEARS OLD

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My childhood in the welfare center molded me into someone

that tried so hard not to deviate from the norm.

I was a child that wasn’t able to vocalize what I wanted,

and I was someone who believed that I was not valued.

At the time all my peers were preparing to go to college,

I wondered if I would be able to go, too.

However, through YANA, I was given an opportunity to study abroad

– something that I had never even imagined.

In taking the opportunity, my heart was two-fold.

I wanted to leave my circumstances behind, but at the same time,

I wanted to be able to take this challenge into stride despite my circumstances.

 

I came to the US and received an outpouring of love.

While studying in my new environment and being a part of the YANA family,

I slowly came to realize that I was enough.

I was loved for who I was.

 

I’m now at a place where I’m thinking about what kind of person

I’m supposed to be, and what career to pursue.

I just want to thank all those who have walked along side me in my journey.

Thank you. No matter what job I have in the future,

all I know is that I want to be someone who is

able to love someone else as freely as I have been loved.

-Jina Park

Please support Jina so that she can fly high into her dreams.

2021 FALL - 2022 SPRING

(12/01/2021 UPDATED)

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