Yu Chen's Fundraising page
Only 45 days remaining to help Yu reach the fundraising goal
$1,987.00 raised
$5,000.00 goal
AAJA played a significant role in my professional life. Being one of the few Asian American students in my school and in the professional internship made me question, "Am I good enough?", "Do I belong here?", and "Can I truly succeed in this field?" And joining AAJA has been really affirming. I was among a community of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and met people who looked like me working in my dream jobs. I knew there were other AAPI students who felt the same, and I wanted to help them also feel seen and connected. So in 2022, I decided to join the Philadelphia Chapter board as the VP of Student Engagement & Director of Social Media.

The AAJA Philly Chapter has been very inclusive among our local AAPI journalist members. Ever since I joined AAJA Philly, we have been hosting various events to connect with other local journalists. These events include Professional Headshot Day, happy hour at Philly's local AAPI restaurant, and collaborating with the community to enhance local storytelling.

This year, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science and am heading into another chapter of my life. As I reflect on my experience as a student at Temple University, some of my best times were because of AAJA. I know this community will always be here for me. 

Now, I want to pay it forward. This fall, I’ll be participating in the NYC Marathon alongside fellow AAJA members across the country. I’m excited to be representing the Philadelphia Chapter and raising funds to support all the great things we do locally. 

Please donate to help me reach my goal of $5,000!
  • Anonymous made a $25.00 donation
  • Dan Tsao made a $500.00 donation

    referred by Jingyao

  • Aaja Convention made a $937.00 donation
  • Samara Ahmed made a $25.00 donation

    You got this!! So proud of you!

  • Dylan Bui made a $30.00 donation

    supporting chenny on his journey -dyl and tinas

  • Mark Angeles made a $50.00 donation

    As a founding member of AAJA Philadelphia, I salute you in your efforts. This donation is also in memory of Siani Lee, my friend and co-founder of the Philly chapter. Yu Chen, may the wind always be at your back as you run through the boroughs of New York.

  • Em Nguyen made a $20.00 donation

    Let’s go, Chenny!

  • Ben Pu made a $100.00 donation

    good luck!

  • Ian Vergara made a $50.00 donation

    Ian and Allyson Vergara

  • Paulina Jeng made a $30.00 donation

    good luck!!

  • Kyle Eng made a $20.00 donation

    kill it young chen 😤

  • Snir Yamin made a $100.00 donation


  • Frank Bi made a $50.00 donation

    加油! 加油!

  • Nicole Dungca made a $50.00 donation

    Let's gooooooooo!

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