For this Year of Service, we have had two participants.
Molly Rhodes is from Worcester, MA where she has been working with the local team since 2008. She is 21 years old and has studied Japanese and art for two years at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. As part of Year of Service, she has been learning guitar parts for the WAIT songs, recruiting and training new members, learning about non-profit management, and exploring new ways to incorporate visual arts into the WAIT program. In October, she coordinated a training workshop with her home team in Worcester, and currently she is learning how to play the bass. Molly is also working with the Worcester team to arrange a trip to Montreal this April as a follow-up to a trip the team took in May of 2013.
Hyun-Sun Roche (who many know as Rachel) is one of the founding members of the Iowa WAIT team. This vivacious 18-year-old hails from Waterloo, IA, where she just graduated from high school in June of 2014. Hyun-Sun is a highly-skilled musician and has been working on revamping the existing WAIT music repertoire with new instrumentals as well as introducing new musical acts such as “Try” by Colbie Caillat. Recently, she has taken initiative in organizing practices for the team. She recently decided to cut short her internship and return to her home area. We wish her well in her next endeavors.
Both girls have also been deeply involved in local projects such as the biweekly Pennsylvania Avenue Seventh-Day Adventist Church food bank, West Lanham Hills Citizens' Association's National Night Out event in August, the neighborhood's school supply distribution event later that month, and the Tsubata family's intensive kiosk business from October through December. For the next few months, they will continue to strengthen and train the burgeoning D.C. WAIT team and look for opportunities to spread the WAIT message to new areas and in new ways.