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About Me: 

I am an adopted Korean American woman. I have a Masters of Art in Art Therapy (MAAT) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and post-graduate work at University of London: Goldsmith College in their Postgraduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, Graphic Design, Arts and Letters and Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology form Portland State University.

In 2001, I developed a violence prevention program in Diepsloot Informal Settlement, South Africa funded by General Board of Global Ministries Women's Division and Episcopal-Methodist Aid Society. Nthabiseng ("make me happy" in Sesotho) program is currently running through a local NGO and in its 8 year.

It has been 8 years and I have been traveling around the world (Asia, Middle East, Caribbean). I am based in Portland, Oregon. A month and half ago, I developed and implemented another violence prevention/literacy program in Jamaica. It is called, Irie ("alright" in Jamaican) LitART Violence Prevention program. I am currently working with the Jamaica's Ministry of Education to secure funding for a local position.

My interest is building programs that empower, nurture resilience and support young people, specifically young women to have a voice in their life, in their community and in the world. I believe that every young person by their very birthright is entitled to have their voice heard, seen and supported.

My Passions: 
Support powerful courageous dialogues
My Challenges: 
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." The Talmud
My Vision for the Future: 
That every person by their very birthright will have their voice heard, seen and supported.
My Areas of Expertise: 
Project development, implementation and sustainability issues; Psychosocial; violence prevention and intervention, arts education

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