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JV Reflection – Jethro Macaraeg (Portland, OR ’19-20)

The Fall BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] Retreat led me on a path back home to myself. To me, returning “back home to myself’ meant recognizing, welcoming, and celebrating my truth – my identity lived out fully. I entered JVC Northwest bringing with me years of shame, frustration, and burden from navigating spaces where I was visibly and culturally distinct. My four months serving in Portland is no different. In a city that is demographically white-dominated and has a history of white supremacy, I am still experiencing these feelings that can be difficult to process in these areas. The retreat gave me a safe, welcoming, and affirming space to explore my feelings and racial identity that I long overlooked. Through group discussions, dyads, and activities, I felt empowered to reframe struggle as resilience and strength in the face of ongoing racial injustice. Over the course of the weekend, I felt part of a community that I could truly be myself around. Moving forward, I hope to recognize racial injustice within myself and those around me, to welcome pain as an opportunity for growth, and to celebrate my melanated culture with courage.

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Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.