“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington
Our main goal is to give afflicted students opportunities to develop an in-depth understanding of academic concepts they are interested in. We hope to promote additional opportunities by reaching more potential interns, advocates, and students.
Our mentors achieve these results by teaching courses both virtually and in-person, with interactive elements.
Executive Board Members
Sihyun (Jennifer) Park, Founder
Jennifer is a second-year who is currently double-majoring in Biology (Pre-Med Track) and Statistics at the University of Virginia. She is a Student Research Associate for the UVA Institute for Engagement and Negotiation and a surgical volunteer at the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Jennifer is a part of the USOAR Program, working with Professor Franklin Dukes on the Africatown Heritage Preservation Foundation Research Project at UVA. She is also currently a member of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. She received a Maryland Merit Scholastic Award in 2022 due to earning a cumulative grade point average (GPA) within the top five percent (16 students) of her graduating class. She also received the Kevin George Scholarship Award in 2022 due to her orchestral achievements and the AP Scholar with Distinction Award in both 2021 and 2022. Along with her academic achievements, she is an internationally recognized cellist who had a solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a sophomore in high school, appearing in multiple newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. She is the first-place winner of several international competitions, including the Golden Classical Music Awards in 2019 and the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in 2021, which provided her with an opportunity to perform a solo recital at Solitär Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Jennifer was appointed as the principal (first-chair) cellist of the Maryland All State Senior Orchestra in 2021 after participating in the orchestra for five years and participated in the Howard County GT Orchestras for nine years, where she was seated principal cellist of the Middle School GT Orchestra in 2017-18 and first chair of the High School GT Orchestra continuously from 2019 to 2022. She was a student at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University for seven years, where she participated in the Performance Academy for Strings, Performance Academy Festival Orchestra, and the Peabody Youth Orchestra, where she was seated principal cellist for both orchestras in 2021-2022. Jennifer was also the recipient of the Peabody Preparatory Scholarship in 2021-2022 and was nominated to play at the Peabody Vella Silver Recital in 2018, which enabled her to receive an achievement award at the Peabody Conservatory. Jennifer received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2021 and 2023 for her community service throughout the years, including her long-standing work at the APPA House of Peace in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to now, her services as the founder of the T&T Mentoring Program, and as an in-person volunteer at the BridgingLife Hospice. Being a Korean-American herself, she started the mentoring program in order to help students who hope to come to the United States to further their education. She teaches a wide range of topics to a variety of students, including English grammar and vocabulary, English literature, biology, chemistry, algebra, geometry, Spanish, history, and speech to students of all ages and backgrounds.
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Olivia Roh is a senior at Centennial High School. The numerous opportunities Olivia has been able to face enabled her to enjoy several programs and activities. By practicing the flute
regularly and auditioning for various bands/orchestras, Olivia was able to be admitted into bands such as Howard County’s GT/Honor’s band, Peabody Wind Band, and Maryland’s All State band. Some orchestras she has been in includes the Baltimore Symphony’s Concert
Orchestra and as of now she is playing in Peabody’s Wind Orchestra. Being a student at a Korean school has also enabled her to join in for competitions such as the “‘Spelling Bee Competition,” and “Korean Writing Composition Contest,” which was held by the Washington
Association for Korean Schools. Olivia enjoys helping and teaching others. She hopes to try her best in leading others with patience and generosity and become someone others can rely on.
Jennifer Shin is a junior at Mount Hebron High School. In school, she is a member of the volleyball team and makes opportunities to spread deaf awareness through a sign language club. As an assistant teacher at Bethel Korean School, she won the President’s volunteer service award (Gold medal), which shows her engagement with the community. She also joined the Salam center to help Islamic refugees and displaced people in the Baltimore area. In the summer, she used to participate in the VBS Program as a teacher which was purposed to teach children bible learning with fun activities every summer break. She is very interested in art and digital illustration using drawing programs such as Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop to reach a professional level. Also, she likes to learn various topics in science, especially chemistry and biology, as she is currently doing an internship at NeuroICE, Johns Hopkins SOM.
Advisory Committee Chairs
Univerity of Michigan
Chemistry, Advisory Committee Chair
Taewon Chung is a neuroscience major at Northwestern University. In 2021, he was awarded a scholarship by the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society to conduct chemistry research as a DAAD RISE intern at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He was also a chemistry olympiad semifinalist in 2018.
Sieun (Angela) Park
UC College- Conservatory of Music
Sieun Park is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and is currently a bachelor's student under Professor Demarre McGill. Park participated in the orchestras, Peabody Wind Orchestra (2016-20), Howard County High School GT Orchestra (2017-19) with TwoSetViolin (2018-19) and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Peabody Youth Orchestra (2019-20),
among several others involving her current school. In 2019, Park won the Peabody Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition and was accompanied by the orchestra during
her performance of the Ibert Concerto in 2020. As for her achievements, Park was the recipient of the Peabody Preparatory’s Performance Academy Full Scholarship from 2016 to 2020 and the first-place winner in the senior division of the Flute Society of Washington Student Honors Competition and the Washington National Youth Music Young Artist competition in 2017. She was selected to perform in the 2018 Marina Piccinini International Masterclass, won the 2018-19 Fran G. Zarubick Honors Competition at the Peabody Conservatory, was accepted to the 2019 MPulse Summer Performing
Arts Institutes - Flute Institute, attended the Oberlin Flute Academy in 2019 with the Robert Willoughby Scholarship, and officially received The President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2019.
Sieun Park also teaches private music lessons and has been involved with volunteer work at the APPA since 2008.
University of Maryland
Sophie Kang is a freshman at the University of Maryland. She has been a part of the Howard County GT Orchestra for 8 years since 2014 and was seated assistant principal violist of the High School GT Orchestra in 2021-2022. She has also participated in the Maryland All State Orchestra since sophomore year, which consisted of a difficult audition process that, nonetheless, specifically selected and invited Sophie to the orchestra. She plays Academy soccer and has been involved with outstanding environmental community service throughout her life. Sophie is a high-marking student who enjoys challenging herself with difficult and intensive courses as a part of her academic career. She wants to help kids learn in an enjoyable, but effective way, which has been proven to be possible with her captivating teaching style. Sophie teaches English and aids the students with their pronounciation and understanding of complex literature and vocabulary.
Grace is a sophomore at Marriottes Ridge High School. She plays soccer for a high level program called Baltimore Armour, and also has experience in various sports including basketball and volleyball. She sings and does chorus for her middle school program, and volunteers at local churches to teach kids Korean and the gospel. Grace also babysits kids, and enjoys working with them. To conclude, she loves to work with others, and creates friendly relationships to maintain a kind community.
My name is Ashley Park and I am currently a junior student attending Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina. I am also currently 17 years old. My educational aspirations consist of acquiring a Bachelor of Science or Biological Science degree in any biological or health science. These visions would assist me in pursuing a medical career as a doctor. During my undergrad years, my goal is to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and undergo pre-medicine. I would also like to continue my graduate years at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. My career vision is to one day attain a career in which I am able to use my knowledge and skills in order to assist others, improve their quality of life, and provide diverse health services in the United States. Considering the Teen Mentor Summer Volunteer Program, I am most confident in assisting in middle-school math and chemistry.
My name is Kyubi Kim, a senior at Korean Kent Foreign School in Seoul. I've already taken five natural science courses, including AP courses which shows my great interest in science. As saying goes, my motivation was to use my skills and knowledge to help people, which leads to my goal of working in the medical industry. Thus, I'm currently looking forward to majoring in biomedicine or any natural science undergraduate degree. Not only do I have an interest in science, I consider computer science/robotics heavily too, as it's an important field that would assist my goal in the future. If I were to tutor teens, I'm confident in high school-level Biology and Environmental Science. Though I'm a student who is still in the learning stage in high school, I would try my best to inspire and tutor them!
My name is Austin Park and I am looking for a job in the STEM field. I am currently 17 years old. I am a junior at Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina. Through this opportunity, I would like to aid people. I would also like to improve my speaking and communication skills. While also improving my listening skills. I love to stay active with sports and go outside to the gym, park, etc.
Senior High, Eastern Mennonite High School, Virginia
-English and Math
Rice University, Computer Science (freshman)
-Biology, Science, Math, and English
Dance Company Member, Maryland
-Modern Dance, Pop Dance, and English
Musical Company Actress, Maryland
-Musical, Play, and English
Georgemason University, Computer Science, Fairfax, Virginia
-Computer and Coding
Daniel Lee is currently a freshman at Marriotts Ridge High School and has been a part of both athletics and music. Having been a part of the Eagles Swim Team as a competitive swimmer, Daniel has actively participated in state competitions, showcasing his dedication to personal growth and improvement. Beyond the standards of competitive swimming, he coached various age groups at the Waverly Swim Team as an assistant coach throughout the 2023 summer season, striving to improve not only the reputation of the team, but the individual participants. Additionally, Daniel has improved skills in tennis, enjoying casual play with friends and family. On the musical front, he has been on many piano performances since the age of 6, contributing his talents as a piano accompanist for his elementary school chorus. Daniel's musical journey extends to trombone, where he first started in 4th grade. In the Howard County GT band, Daniel frequently sits in first chair. In addition, he plays in the wind ensemble and marching band at Marriotts Ridge High School, which has won numerous marching band state championships and is well-regarded throughout the whole state. Currently seated in the first chair of the Peabody Youth Orchestra, Daniel is getting ready to play in the Maryland Junior All State band for the second year in a row with great excitement. Alongside his achievements, Daniel has been actively serving for community service, notably helping kids learn and grow in Vacation Bible School (VBS). His involvement in VBS reflects not only his commitment to community outreach but also his passion for guiding young minds towards understanding important messages and values.
Emma Dayhe Yoo
Emma is a freshman at Urbana High School in Frederick MD. Her intended major is biology with a music performance minor.
Michelle Lee, 이하늘, is in 8th grade at Hammond Middle School. She played piano for seven years and it is her fifth year playing violin, which she currently plays in the top orchestra at her school. She's been able to perform in multiple solos and recitals with both. She has been participating in her school community through clubs, with one being photography. She really enjoys volleyball and traveling as well as baking !! Over the summer and throughout school years, she has volunteered for various programs to help and guide younger kids, especially at her church. She is also enrolled in Korean School, in the highest class, which has led her to participate in many competitions that require various skills from lots of writing to speaking.
Matthew Shin is a freshman at North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet High School in Reseda, CA.
Senior High, Eastern Mennonite High School, Virginia
-English and Math