In the Volunteer Spotlight we recognize a Youth Service, Inc. volunteer making an impact in the communities we serve. Gina Chang volunteers at Baring House Crisis Nursery.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I grew up in the Bay Area, California and went to college in St. Louis. I’m currently in my fifth and final year of medical school at University of Pennsylvania, having taken an extra year to pursue a Master’s in Public Health, and am applying to residency in Child Neurology.

Q: How long have you been volunteering at YSI?

I’ve been volunteering as my schedule permits since last November.

Q: Why did you choose YSI when you were looking for a place to volunteer?

I like the crisis nursery model – there is a robust body of research demonstrating the adverse affects of stress on children’s development, and crisis nurseries try to protect children from being exposed to that stress by giving caregivers the opportunity to take care of their other responsibilities. Also, I just love working with kids!
Q: Why do you think it is important to volunteer?
As a medical and public health student, I spend a lot of time in the classroom and hospital, learning about diseases and the social determinants of health. I think it’s also important to actually spend time in the community and give back in a more immediate sense.
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