Avi Nguyen was born on January 2, 2000 in New England Medical Center. To this day he is still resentful because it was declared that the first child born in the century would receive free diapers for life and he missed the deadline by a day. While he was not blessed with endless Huggies, he was blessed to grow up in two different places.
He moved to San Jose, California before his first birthday and spent most of his childhood surrounded by weather that never dipped below 67°F. Until one day he returned to Boston and had the opportunity to attend the prestigious Boston Latin School.
He began his work in social activism when an email circulated among parents about an intensive eight week program that would delve into discussions about racism and class. As a young eighth grader looking for a future passion he became readily interested and has been dedicated to activism work since. Avi is currently working in Dorchester fighting displacement and developing an anti-racism curriculum that will educate and guide new youth entering activist work. He wants to continue to develop his organizing abilities and affect change that will inspire future leaders to step up in their communities as well.
Next year as a senior Avi will be taking two AP classes involving government. He wishes to learn more about how to be an active participant in democracy while staying educated on current events that are happening around him. He hopes to pursue a degree in public policy when he goes to college.
This summer Avi will be working with City Councilor Andrea Campbell, whose purview includes communities such as Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale. He hopes that through this fellowship he can better understand the problems of gentrification and policing affecting these communities, especially in Dorchester seeing as he and his family reside there currently.
Avi Nguyen was born on January 2, 2000 in New England Medical Center. While he was not blessed with endless Huggies, he was blessed to return to a city that has provided him with the opportunity to grow and learn into the person he is today.