By: Norie Wright
This week’s featured Green Ambassador is Brian Oates. Brian is a rising 11th grader at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School - Capitol Hill Campus. His interests include track and cross country, poetry, literature, and the human mind. This is his first year with the Green Ambassador Program.
Washington Youth Garden: Why did you sign up for the Green Ambassador Program?
Brian Oates: Mr. Jake* is a cool person. At orientation, we participated in cool activities and he talked about how we would meet people and try new things, and I was really excited about that.
* Jake Dacks is Garden Manager for the Washington Youth Garden and runs the Green Ambassador Program.
WYG: What’s your favorite thing about GAP?
BO: The people.
WYG: What do you bring to the table as a Green Ambassador?
BO: I have a positive mental attitude, and I'm a hard worker. I also talk a lot, so I can easily communicate with everyone.
WYG: What is one important thing that working here has taught you?
BO: I've learned a lot. With construction tools, precision matters. I've learned you can't give up. I’ve learned about teamwork. There's a lot.
WYG: What will be or has been the most challenging task for you this summer?
BO: The heat and the bugs, but that’s really the only thing.
WYG: What is the dirtiest job you have done this summer so far?
BO: After digging, my hands are covered with dirt. Everything is covered with dirt. A centipede was on me. That’s definitely the dirtiest I’ve been so far.
WYG: What is your favorite place in the garden?
BO: The pavilion, because it’s so shady. We also have lunch here, and can look out at the garden and see what we’ve done.
WYG: What is something you are looking forward to this summer?
BO: The building. It’s pretty cool using power tools.
WYG: If you could have any superpower, which would you have and why?
BO: Flying. I could get places on time. And flying through the air would be awesome.
WYG: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
BO: There's this river in Okinawa, Japan where they got houses by the river. I hear it has the freshest air. It would be awesome to live there.
Norie Wright is the Events and Communications Intern for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum.