1. How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?
When I studied abroad in Sydney, I had the opportunity to tutor students from local public schools there and I really enjoyed the interactions I had with the children. At the end of the semester, the staff there told me that if I was ever interested in a similar volunteer experience with young learners in New York, I should join 826NYC. So after I graduated from college and had more free time on my hands, I did just that! I now take part in after-school tutoring at both the Park Slop and Williamsburg locations.
2. What is your favorite part of 826NYC?
Interacting with the kids is by far the best part. I love seeing how excited students get, whether it’s about the story they’ve just written, the book they’re currently reading, or having finally finished their dreaded math homework. Watching them grow and make progress in their writing is extremely rewarding.
3. What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
I work as a clinical information manager in the emergency department of New York-Presbyterian Queens and I am currently applying to med school. When I’m not working or volunteering, I like to cook, bake, and play volleyball.
4. What advice would you give a new volunteer?
Be patient and supportive! Praise students for every step they take in their writing or homework because we’re here to help them build confidence and make learning enjoyable. Also, take time to really get to know the kids and develop a relationship with them. Ask them about their weekends, what they like to do at home, or how their day went at school. It makes the tutoring sessions much more interesting!
5. What are your superpowers?
Walking incredibly fast (so I’m almost never late) and making addictive banana bread pudding.
You can find Vincent on Instagram @VinHuang0 and on Facebook at Vincent Huang.