Seeha Sangwang has been part of the Youth Farm family for three years. Originally connected to us through El Rio Vista Recreation Center, Seeha has stuck around and made some pretty life-changing connections.
The Farm Steward I worked with my first year was a chef, and he had a lot of connections with other chefs in the community, Seeha said. “He introduced me to a local chef that was hosting a pop-up and I was invited to join as a guest line cook. This was a super cool opportunity for me because my goal is to cook professionally in the future.”
“Probably the biggest thing that I’ve taken away from Youth Farm is that food brings people together,” Seeha said. “Taking this idea into my own life, I have decided that I really want to become a chef. Next year I am looking into going to St. Paul College for culinary arts. After that I’d like to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in business in order to have the tools to start my own restaurant.”
As Seeha transitions into adulthood, we hope to continue to be a support system for him, helping him build connections that will allow him to achieve his lofty goals.
Our summer music program usually accepts middle school to high schoolers but one year an 8 year old wrote such an amazing hand written letter pleading to be accepted that none of the instructors could say no to her. Her will to learn music and guitar was relentless. She wasn’t charismatic or a star but a quiet determined little girl who knew our program would probably be her only chance to learn music and guitar – and be in a safe nurturing environment. Seeing how shy she was I realized how much it took for her to write that letter to us – she realized our program was the only opportunity she would have to learn music and guitar and be in a safe nurturing environment with other Hmong kids. We saw a shy quiet little 8 year old blossom to someone who would perform in front of 100 people and beam a smile that drew tears from her parents. Something magical happened over the course of 10 weeks.