Our impact is most noticeable as our students turn into alumni, furthering their education and moving into the working world. Below is a gallery of features, organized by graduation year. We encourage those new to Inn Dwelling to understand our reach and mission through these features; hear directly from alumni how Inn Dwelling programs made the difference. Check back monthly for new alumni stories!
Looking to read up on current Inn Dwelling students? Check out spotlight on participants in our middle and high school programs here!
Andrew joined our program during his middle school years. His parents are both “boat people,” Vietnamese refugees who travelled to the United States on precarious or makeshift boats. After immigrating, his father pursued education for years, working full-time while attending night classes; his parents now own their own business.
Understanding the value in and importance of education, Andrew’s parents sought out additional resources for him and his younger sister Eileen—and that’s where Inn Dwelling joined their story. In 2012, Andrew graduated from Germantown Friends School and matriculated into Ursinus College. There he obtained a Bachelor’s in Media and Communications Studies. In his time since graduating college, he has worked with Settlement Musical School, the Asian Arts Initiative, and Little Giant Creative; roles within these companies have allowed Andrew to acquire many valuable technical skills he hopes to use as he continues his career.
Today he serves as the Community Service Representative at Center City District. Andrew is also passionate about photography and videography, both of which he finds personally fulfilling and pursues on the side. He most recently supported Inn Dwelling by filling in as photographer at our Annual Celebration!
For Andrew, Inn Dwelling “represented a level of nurturing I wouldn’t have found otherwise. The guidance and investment in our success gave me a sense of purpose and clarity of direction. The program prepared me for later endeavors and set in motion the rest of my life.”