Introducing Clara and Tim (the '14 – '15 Y.A.S.C. Community Ministers)

Introducing Clara and Tim (the '14 – '15 Y.A.S.C. Community Ministers)

Clara S. and Tim K. will join us at Old First in early September as our Young Adult Service Community interns — we call them Community Ministers — for the coming program year. Clara will be working with Bethesda Project and Tim will be serving as our Outreach Coordinator. Look for news of activities to welcome them. But as introductions, here are what Clara and Tim have written about themselves:

I’m Clara. I’m 22, and I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. I was raised in a United Methodist Church, where I enjoyed singing in the choir and spending time with the youth group.

I’m a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where I double majored in religion and geology. Here, I worked as an interfaith coordinator, helping to build communities on campus centered around interreligious understanding and social justice.

I’ve never been to the east coast before, so I anticipate living in Philadelphia will be a new and exciting experience! I’m really looking forward to spending the next year working with you.

Hi, my name’s Tim and I’m from Amesbury, a small town on the north shore of Massachusetts. I graduated from Bay State College with an associate’s degree in Travel & Hospitality Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Management. During my undergrad experience I participated in two internships at the Walt Disney World Resort, where I worked in hospitality and entertainment, as well as an internship in Brown University’s Conference Services department.

For the past two years I have have been working at my local hospital, which has given me the opportunity to really connect with the community and serve others in a different way, other than at a theme park or hotel. It has also led me to search for an opportunity where I can serve a community, while promoting spirituality and social justice.

I came across the YASC program, and I believe it’s a natural fit. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the community at Old First, and working alongside you. Enjoy your summer, and I’ll see you in the fall!