By: Norie Wright
This week, we are highlighting Green Ambassador De'Jeune Anderson. De'Jeune is a rising 12th grader interested in astrophysics, calculus, and basketball. This is his first year with the Green Ambassadors Program.
Washington Youth Garden: Why did you sign up for the Green Ambassador Program?
De'Jeune Anderson: I wanted to get a new experience and not have the same old basic summer job. I wanted to try to adjust to something new and to challenge myself.
WYG: What’s your favorite thing about the Green Ambassador Program?
DA: The amount of work needed. I’m really earning my money. The people are also good.
WYG: What is something you bring to the table as a Green Ambassador?
DA: I’m a hard worker, I push through when I’m tired. And I know how to interact, how to make working feel more fun, and stuff like that.
WYG: What is one important thing that working in the Washington Youth Garden has taught you?
DA: It’s teaching me how to persevere. Nothing compares to working in the heat. You need to keep pushing yourself because other people are relying on you.
WYG: What has been your favorite memory from your time spent here?
DA: We went on a field trip to another garden and had a conversation with one of the gardeners that ranged [in topic] from racially-based economics and gentrification to tips on gardening. It was really interesting.
WYG: What has been the most challenging task for you this summer?
DA: Building the beds, because I had no experience with any tools before. It was hard at first, but as I went on, I learned.
WYG: What is something you are looking forward to for the rest of the summer?
DA: I’m looking forward to seeing the stuff that we’ve planted grow, and seeing people benefit from our labor by donating the food we grow to food banks. I’m excited to see be able to see how all this work actually helps people.
WYG: If you could have any superpower, which would you have, and why?
DA: I would have the ability to choose any power I wanted, because then I could have all the powers. That’s how you do it!
WYG: What is your favorite vegetable?
DA: Collard greens, because it tastes good.
WYG: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live, and why?
DA: I would live in probably somewhere in Australia that’s kind of isolated. Good weather, advanced technology, and it’s beautiful.
Norie Wright is the Events and Communications Intern for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum.