Meet Kiyomi Higuchi, Advocate of the Month!

Kiyomi Higuchi ran the Seattle Half Marathon in under 2 hours. That is a true story.

She also sold pieces of pie to her co-workers to raise money for Teen Feed during the half marathon fundraiser. What I’m trying to say is Kiyomi infuses her commitment to advocacy for homeless youth from program into her life and community. She is intuitive, genuine and insightful. And, girl can run, fast! We sat down with Kiyomi to ask her about her experience as an advocate volunteer at Teen Feed…

How long have you been volunteering with Teen Feed?

15 months.

Why/how did you get involved with Teen Feed?

I graduated from college and was working in retail (which I still am) and I wanted to start doing volunteer work. My BFF, Stephan Goodman, had been volunteering with Teen Feed and I started coming with him. I loved it.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?

Volunteering at Teen Feed has been the number one way of continuing my education outside of college. I have learned about myself, other people and social issues. It has also made me more aware of the way people talk about homelessness. When I hear people speak in stereotypes outside of Teen Feed I am able to advocate for youth based on the real conversations that I have with them at dinner. These conversations have also taught me about my own biases.

What do you like to do outside of volunteering?

I like to run, read novels and the Sunday Times, get crafty, and daydream about travelling.

What did you eat today?

A breakfast burrito for lunch.

What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?

That helping people helps yourself.

 

Thanks for being an awesome advocate Kiyomi! If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Teen Feed volunteer, please reach us at volunteer@teenfeed.org or click here.