Engineering A Future Grounded In Service

Micah Chen: Standout Youth Volunteer Corps Member

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Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut, hosted by United Way of Western Connecticut, is a nationally recognized program that provides youth  ages 11 through 18 with eye-opening, world-expanding volunteer experiences. It involves youth in team-based service-learning projects throughout our region.

Last year, 140 YVC volunteers served more than 30 Western Connecticut agencies-doing everything from helping at our Mobile Food Pantry to teaching seniors how to use technology. One standout YVC volunteer is Micah Chen, who recently graduated from high school and plans to attend Cornell University in the fall of 2019, pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Micah started volunteering for YVC in the spring of 2014. Since then, he has dedicated 220  hours to the program. He became a Youth Advisory Board member in 2017, and he still serves on that board.   Morgan Greening, who coordinates the YVC program for United Way of Western Connecticut says,“Micah has been an essential part of our team and a true role model to his peers. Micah keeps everyone on task and is always offering valuable input.”

Micah recently reflected on his experiences with YVC. 'YVC has been such an awesome organization to be a part of. The things that I learned and the experiences that I participated in are uncountable,' he said. 'I learned things about my community, the people, and myself. Being able to serve other people is such a rewarding experience and the experiences changed my outlook of my community. It changed from ‘someplace where I live’ to ‘someplace where I am.’” With an eye to his future, Micah says 'service will always be a part of my life.' 

'I know I will be able to merge my academics with service through participation in Engineers Without Borders,' he continues. 'Service will always be part of the core of who I am, all due to the stellar YVC program that we have in Danbury!'

Thank you, Micah, for your service to the community through YVC. We know you have a bright future ahead of you!

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