Here's my staff for the summer! They are an extremely diverse group, in many ways.
We have staff whose family have origins in Cambodia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Mexico, Vietnam, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Tanzania, as well as African Americans, Caucasian Americans, and one Native American staff member.
These staff members are between 13-27 years old (the ones in their mid-20s are not pictured), plus me (not telling).
Some go to Oakland public schools, some to community colleges in Oakland, and some to private schools (one young woman has a scholarship to an extremely prestigious private school in the area).
Their personalities range from introverted to extroverted, from shy to gregarious, from responsible to forgetful, and from guarded to open. Sometimes I see them cycle between one extreme to another in the same week, or even the same day.
The one thing they all have in common is that they really want to do their best. They're here for the kids, although sometimes they forget that, which is understandable because they are kids themselves. They are kind, thoughtful, funny, and help me out whenever I ask (usually). They are my favorite teenagers.