Inspire Creativity Incorporated (ICI) has been recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code since May 2014. However our project - Inspire Creativity Initiative, was started in 2012.
In the summer of 2012, Kris Hsu and his family traveled to a middle school and an elementary school in Fujian, China. He was surprised to find out that the kids there had never once seen a highlighter or a whiteboard. After weeks of planning, Kris had presentations ready to teach the rural students about his high school life to give them a feel of life outside of the farms. More importantly, he wanted to introduce the students to creativity. To test what the students learned, a small Invention contest was conducted where students sketched a design that would solve a daily problem. Through this contest, we saw that the inventions were very unique. These rural students are very creative and have much potential.
Kristopher Hsu is a 18-year-old freshman student attending UC Berkeley. He got exposed to problems with education firsthand when he travelled to teach rural schools in Fujian, China in 2012. His research with Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program (REAP) has made him want to utilize media to create societal change. Leading Inspire Creativity Incorporated with his vision of equal education for all, Kris works to improve the academic experience for underprivileged students both domestic and abroad.
Nathan Choe is a 21-year-old Algebra teacher with Teach For America whose passion for education and government drove him to help establish Inspire Creativity Incorporated. Working to turn Kris's vision into a physical reality, Nathan currently handles the nonprofit organization's paperwork, grant applications and budget.
Valeree Catangay was always interested in service, as a member of Key Club International and the Tree Musketeers. Valeree joined Inspire Creativity Incorporated because it was another way for her to give back. She takes charge of the curriculum, changing it based on the different needs of the schools and students.
Brandon Choe always says that you can't have "fundraising" without "dingus." Brandon is an expert at rhetoric and design—and apparently anagrams—and works to make Inspire Creativity Incorporated a reality through managing the website, editing grant applications and creating T-shirts (which can actually be found here).
Maurene Param is described best by the term "Social Butterfly." She is part of her school's sports teams, clubs and student council, which made her a perfect fit for a position that revolves around member recruitment and retention, as well as publicizing the mission, needs and progress of Inspire Creativity Incorporated.
Emely Zeledon likes to keep things moving. In fact, without her, the volunteers of Inspire Creativity Incorporated would be totally grounded. Emely finds schools and students in need of supplies and inspiration and gets the pencils and people on the road. Emely also finds places where the volunteers can stay, often reaching out to the target schools for host volunteers.
Yuexi Wei is a senior at PVPHS. Through comparing her experience with Chinese and American education, she realized that Chinese education often limits students from utilizing their creativity and discovering their potential to become independent thinkers. After joining Inspire Creativity Initiative on its summer teaching trip to China during her sophomore year, she decided to establish a club at her high school to get more students involved in the mission.
Jioh Park is a student at PVPHS. She spends her free time teaching at Kumon and volunteering to provide food for the homeless. She joined Inspire Creativity Club because she saw it as an opportunity to contribute to local and international communities and to help kids develop their potential for creative thinking. As the Vice President of the club, Jioh organizes fundraisers in and outside of school for the club.
Milana Tatarintseva is on the PVPHS tennis team and is a part of the Model United Nations program. As the secretary of the Inspire Creativity Club, Milana reaches out to elementary schools and schedules teaching days for the club. She enjoys helping others grow their love for learning and collaboration through ICI.
Tyler Chen is a Varsity Cross Country and orchestral member of PVPHS. In the summer of 2018, Tyler joined ICI on its China trip to educate students to become thinkers. Tyler participates in the design of the curriculum, modifying it for teachings at different schools.
Adam Majcher is on the PVPHS tennis team. As an outgoing person, Adam is the communication chair of the club, responsible for putting out club announcements and publicizing club missions. Moreover, Adam has an extraordinary ability to market home-made brownies and ornaments and has successfully raised a lot of money for the club during our Christmas fundraiser.
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Annie Wang is the artist of the club. She contributed many hours to making posters for club rush and fundraisers. Through Inspire Creativity club, she hopes to encourage others to think outside of the box and apply creative thinking skills to their daily lives.
Jamie Au is a Girl Scout and PVPHS Pep Squad member. Believing that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, she joined the Inspire Creativity Club on its summer teaching trip to China in the summer of 2018 and found it an unique and enriching experience.
Kohei Nishiyama was a member of JV Golf team at PVPHS. He enjoys Inspire Creativity Club because he firmly believes in the transformative power of teaching children about creativity.