In the summer of 2001, Yang was a Summer VISTA member with AmeriCorps for 9th Grade Transition Academy in Portland which assists entering 9th graders who are not at the same literacy and math levels as their peers. Yang worked as a teacher’s assistant, a tutor, and a mentor in the classroom. “My involvement with AmeriCorps and the field of education are greatly valuable to me because the experience exposed me to the most fundamental element of education: personal interactions with students and being involved in their lives,” she says.
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