Jocelyn Jung – North Carolina Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Georgette Jung Photography by Suzanne Melendez Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Jocelyn Jung is a beta club member and on the academic principal's list. She is currently a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her biggest passion is with a nonprofit charity she founded with her siblings called Donatesport.org to help underserved children in North Carolina, and around the world with the gift of sport and clothing. The charity repurposes the gear and clothing donated to bring hope, inspiration, self-worth and most of all smiles to the children. Jocelyn has worked hundreds of hours and collected and distributed over a half a million dollars’ worth of sports clothing and gear in just three years. She is a true inspiration.
Please tell us about the nonprofit charity you and your brothers started. Our nonprofit charity, DonateSport.org was started by my brothers and I to help children all around the globe with the gift of sport and clothing. We want to try and make a difference by gathering donations to ship out to those who need it most.
How did your passion of volunteering begin? My passion of volunteering began when I heard about my grandma’s stories of being in an orphanage until she was 16 in Swidwin, Poland. This was caused from a tragedy that took both of her parent’s lives. She was separated from her sisters and put into an orphanage where she was only given one pair of shoes and hardly any articles of clothing every year. This gave us the idea to help kids in the same situation as my grandmother experienced when she was a child.
Tell us about some of your other volunteering opportunities. A volunteering opportunity that I’ve had is Adopt-A-Highway, in which my family and I go a few times a year to our assigned street that is over a mile long and pick up litter and trash. I really care about the environment and want to help anyway I can. Another opportunity is Beta Club where I participate in gathering donations for charities through projects and events.
If you had the opportunity to start another charity, what would you name it and what would it be? If I was able to start another charity, it would be for helping animals since I love animals and I have two dogs currently (Boykin Spaniels). I would call the charity Furry Friend Rescue. The charity would gather donations to help rescue animals and care for them.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am also an aspiring photographer and often take photos of my friends. Making my friends feel good about themselves. My favorite subjects are studio and outdoor portraits of people, and nature photography. This is because I love increasing my knowledge by taking photos of my friends and family inside and outside, shooting in manual mode with soft boxes and backgrounds.
Jocelyn will be featured in issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!