Last year, we introduced you to Angela Nachampassak, Quincie Douglas Library's Teen Advisory Board President. After traveling to Georgetown University to attend the prestigious Junior State of America Summer Program, Angela has just reached another incredible milestone—she's been awarded a National Security Language Initiation for Youth scholarship. She was chosen out of more than 3,300 applicants from across the United States. The scholarship will allow Angela to travel to China where she will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family, and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment.
We decided to check in with Angela about the scholarship and how the Library has helped her along the way.
How do you think the Library makes a difference in people's lives?
These days, people rely so heavily on technology that they assume public libraries no longer serve a purpose. They believe they have all the information they need at their fingertips. This assumption is completely false. Libraries revitalize communities. Those who do not have access to computers at home can come and use the computers free of charge. Those who do not have much food to eat at home can come here to take advantage of the Snack Program. [Learn more in the Tucson Weekly and on KGUN 9 News].Those struggling to find a job can come here to get Job Help. You see, the Library is much more than books, it is constantly evolving to best serve its community.
How has the Library helped shape your experiences and motivated you to pursue opportunities like this?
I've been a regular customer at Quincie Douglas Library since I was in 4th grade. I used to come for Homework Help. I had difficulty figuring out the problems myself, but I could always count on the wonderful Library instructors to assist . The more times I went, the better I got doing homework on my own, which has definitely benefited me in my education.
I went from being the only kid in kindergarten who couldn't spell their name to a senior at University High School, a highly-excelling school in Arizona. The Library helped make that happen.
How do you think the Library can support other teens in reaching their goals?
I'd recommend joining one of the Teen Advisory Boards. Numerous locations have them, but if your library doesn't... start one! The Quincie Douglas Library Teen Advisory Board has definitely helped shape the leader that I am now, including proudly serving as the Board's president. Being on the Board provides a comfortable space where teen voices like mine are not only listened to, but appreciated.
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