Jenny Duan - Gold Award
School: Jesuit High School
Category: Yound Adults (16-25)
Jenny Duan is a current senior at Jesuit High School, where she furthers her passion for social advocacy through the Asian Student Union, Diversity and Inclusion Student Council, Ambassador Corps, and Mental Health Awareness Club, which she founded. Promoting access to education resources is an important cause for her, and she also volunteers at OMSI to share science information with the public by facilitating demos and even designing her own. Additionally, Jenny is a Youth Outreach Board leader at Rose Haven, a day shelter downtown serving women, children, and gender diverse folks suffering from houselessness and domestic violence. There, she advocates through direct service, social media, grant-writing, and fundraising campaigns. Jenny believes that service should be rooted in service and developing community connections, and she aims to bring this zeal to work in partnership with community organizations like the Oregon Chinese Coalition, where she creates documentary-style videos with the Youth Lens Program. She loves being involved with local efforts through volunteering efforts, and strives to continue her passion for service throughout her life.
Oregon Chinese Coalition is proud to join the President of the United States in recognizing the volunteers who consistently take the time to make a difference in the lives of others. Therefore, it is a great honor to present the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to Jenny Duan.