In imparting lessons about the world on her son, Yi has also encouraged him to take a closer look at it. For an 11-year-old, he has a keen awareness, which has translated into a passion for sustainability.
In one of their recent volunteer projects, Yi and her son spent a day planting trees in local parks. It was important to them both, because it was a real one-two punch of volunteerism: not only did it give back to the community immediately, but it has the chance to give back to the world indefinitely.
“There’s only one earth,” Yi says. “And it’s facing so many obstacles, with plastic pollution, deforestation, and now the various impacts of the pandemic. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
She says that helping drive a more sustainable world is paramount right now, because of the future she wants for her son. Ultimately, Yi believes that giving back to your community, the world and those closest to you just takes an investment of time, and a willingness to help.
“I love spending this kind of quality time with my son,” Yi says. “We’re doing something together that benefits our community and the earth. Volunteering, really, it opens doors for your children to take a peek at the real world.”