Occupation: Student at the University of Washington Bothell, double majoring in Law, Economic and Public Policy and Global Studies with a minor in Human Rights
Issue areas of interest: Education and Environment
Regional area of interest: Latin America
Jozlyn was selected as the first Seattle Ambassador in June, 2013. Jozlyn will work with the Seattle Ambassador team over the summer to identify a high-impact, Seattle-based organization to visit overseas based on her issue and regional interest areas. She will also participate in cultural sensitivity and citizen journalism training prior to her departure in the fall, in preparation to document her experience and return to Seattle to share with our community. Below please find a Q&A with Jozlyn on being selected as the first Seattle Ambassador.
A rush of excitement, relief, happiness and a lot of screaming blasted through me right as I heard “Congratulations, you are the winner!”
I have never traveled outside the U.S. before so it is extremely difficult for me to narrow it down. I want to explore the entire world but since I have to pick a region, I am thinking Latin America.
I am most excited to explore and broaden my awareness of an entire new culture, and embrace the best educational experience by traveling. I hope to have an eye-opening experience that will change my life forever.
Seattle is such a diverse, caring, and inspirational community. I was touched when I found out that Seattle Ambassador is reaching out and supporting local organizations by raising awareness about their work in other countries and communities. I hope my journey and experience can inspire others in the Seattle community to team up with these organizations to help fight global poverty.
I was volunteering for my school’s Earth Day event, and Seattle Ambassador representatives had their own booth, so as I was walking around checking on everything, I came across the booth and asked what Seattle Ambassador was all about and entered to win the trip to Africa, Asia or Latin America.
The Seattle Ambassador program and other local organizations are important to utilize and raise awareness around global poverty because many policies and theories ignore our most basic human needs for dignity and self-respect. A human life needs to experience longevity, health, education, bodily security, and political rights. Human development and opportunities to create these capabilities are in crisis. Recognizing global poverty is important because it affect an enormous amount of people’s happiness and accessibility to achieve their capabilities. As a global citizen I feel it is my duty to reach out and help others gain their own capabilities and to strive and enrich their lives with education and human rights.
As a Seattle Ambassador, I feel empowered to inspire and help in the fight towards ending global poverty.
I would like to thank the Seattle Ambassador team, The Seattle Globalist and Global Washington, my family and friends and of course my boyfriend Aaron for all the encouraging and thoughtful comments to give me the confidence to travel abroad for my first time and pursue my passion in helping others in the fight to end global poverty.
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