Andy Chan

Educator and Youth Advocate in San Francisco, California

Andy Chan

Educator and Youth Advocate in San Francisco, California

Unfortunately, I'm not an administrator in higher education or executive at Genentech, but you've come to the right place if you're searching for this soon-to-be first-generation graduate of the University of San Francisco pursuing a career in empowering and nurturing our community's youth.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm the first in my family to obtain a college education in the U.S. In high school, I realized school was “not my thing” but getting college was a necessity. What I lacked on my transcript I filled with countless hours being teachers’ pets, helping out in the library or our theater, and screaming at the top of my lungs with hella school spirit. Somewhere along the way, I realized I had to have a plan for the future; my senior class superlative was “most likely to return to our school as a teacher” if that reveals anything.

Fast forward to moving across the Bay to start college, it took me a while to figure out where I fit in. I got my first jobs within a month of starting school, providing classroom tech support and house managing. Over my first summer in SF, I began interning with Mission Graduates — here, I've gained lots of experience from program development, administration, marketing, and care for the community. In the spring, I took on a fieldwork placement with charming 3rd graders, supported a Chinese cinema analysis seminar for first-year students, and joined Alpha Phi Omega (an international co-educational service fraternity).

The next year, I began co-teaching ethnic studies after school to kindergarteners and first graders with the Pin@y Educational Partnerships in San Francisco's Excelsior District. I am currently among a team of summer camp coordinators with Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based organization providing youth enrichment programs and social services to the Chinatown community. This position has put ALL of my professional experience to the test — so far, no one’s hurt and I haven't lost any campers yet!

Along the way, I’ve held various other jobs while learning to becoming resilient yet conscious of my own mental and physical health, having survived temporary homelessness and an arthritis diagnosis. My passion for youth work lies not only in helping others gain opportunities I didn't have while growing up, but also giving back to my community the mentorship I received from those involved in similar work.

  • Work
    • Donaldina Cameron House
  • Education
    • University of San Francisco