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Keep Pushing Yourself: 10 Questions with Green Ambassador De'Jeune Anderson

Crystal Williams

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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.

 

Building Bonds: 10 Questions with Green Ambassador Sequnoa Fowler

Crystal Williams

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By: Norie Wright

This week’s Green Ambassador highlight falls on Sequnoa Fowler. Sequnoa is a rising senior at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. His interests include listening to music, hanging out with friends, trying new things, and expanding his mind set. This is his first year with the Green Ambassador Program.


Washington Youth Garden: Why did you sign up for the Green Ambassador Program?

Sequnoa Fowler: My school was doing an internship program, and I met Jake through that program. He explained that what GAP was and that we would be in the garden harvesting vegetables and helping the community and cooking, and I thought it would a good thing. Jake is really the reason I signed up.

 

WYG: What’s your favorite thing about GAP?

SF: Getting to meet new people.

 

WYG: What do you bring to the table as a participant of GAP?

SF: I’m a quick learner, but hard worker at same time. I also bring humor to the table, because we need something to talk about while working in the garden Also, I bring good communication.

 

WYG: What is one important thing that you’ve gained from working here?

SF: Communication is vital. We also learned stuff about different weeds and plants. We’ve learned a lot in the past few weeks.

 

WYG: What has been your favorite memory from your time spent here?

SF: Spending time with people at lunch, because we’re always laughing.

 

WYG: What has been the most challenging task for you this summer?

SF: Dealing with the heat and the bugs. Everything else has been good.

 

WYG: What is the dirtiest job you have done this summer?

SF:  The first day, we were weeding and I didn’t have the right clothes on. I got dirt all over my hands and clothes.

 

WYG: If you could have any superpower, which would you have and why?

SF:  Super speed, definitely, cause you can be so fast that you like stop time, and get places quicker.

 

WYG: What is your favorite fruit?

SF: Peaches.

 

WYG: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

SF:  I would live in the bahamas because it's beautiful. The waters beautiful, the beach is beautiful. It's like paradise.


Norie Wright is the Events and Communications Intern for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum.

Positive Mental Attitude: 10 Questions with Green Ambassador Brian Oates

Crystal Williams

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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.