Each year the Service Team at Peace Community Center puts on a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Service Event. This year, our AmeriCorps members prepared a virtual program showcasing students and delivered meals to members of our community.
On January 18, the Peace Community Center Service Team, students, community members, staff and special guests came together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn how our students see their service to their community. All pieces and performances tied back to the theme of the evening: “To Be In Service.”
“I feel incredible privilege to be able to return home, lead and learn from the talented team of educators at Peace, and continue the work of uplifting our youth to become the next generation of Tacoma scholars and leaders.”
Growing up in the Hilltop and Eastside of Tacoma as a child of Southeast Asian refugees, Dylan first joined Peace Community Center as a Hilltop Scholar during his time at Foss High School. He also served as a Camp Peace Junior Counselor at McCarver Elementary.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Dylan went on to the University of Washington, beginning his journey as a community organizer and critical educator. Heavily involved in student activism and educational equity work, Dylan earned his place as a Princeton University PPIA Fellow and as a participant of Harvard University’s PPLC Program. Most recently he served as the Educational Specialist for The Evergreen State College’s TRiO Upward Bound – Tacoma (UB253) program at Lincoln HS. We are so excited to welcome Dylan back to Peace Community Center!
Hilltop Scholar Seniors have been working so hard on college and scholarship applications. We are excited to share that Vanessa was recently accepted into one of her top schools, Saint Martin’s University!
On top of this, Vanessa has also been a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship with a grand total offer of $80,000 throughout her four years!
Vanessa says that one of the main reasons she wanted to apply to Saint Martin’s was because of an event in October 2019 that Peace hosted where she spoke with a counselor from the university who encouraged her to apply!
All of Vanessa’s hard work has paid off, and we are excited to continue supporting her through her next steps.