When I decided to join the In My Backyard team this year, I knew I would get to work on subjects I care about, but I really wasn’t clear on what the summer would look like. I had a good feeling about the people in the program who I had spoken with, and I did my best to arrive in Seattle with an open mind. Coming from a much smaller town in Pennsylvania, living in the city alone took some adjusting in my first month here and it wasn’t always easy. Despite my new surroundings, I was instantly comforted by the warm personalities throughout the Klondike Gold Rush building – especially my fellow mentors and supervisors.
I was born in Vietnam but lived in Seattle Washington all my life.
In Western Washington born and raised, on the playground was where Collin spent most of his days. He previously lived in Bothell until he was forced to move to Seattle, since it was more connected the the public transit system.
Tyler is a rising junior at inglemoor high school. He has grown up in the Bothell/Seattle area his and cares deeply about his connection with the community.
Ever since I was 5 or 6, I’ve always loved learning and talking history. I was inspired by the Indiana Jones Movies, I became so fascinated by what happen or where it happened or who lived there for how long.
Efren being born and raised in Phoenix Arizona where it was 110 degrees houses on fire, then moving to Washington in 2006 to a snowy place where I would always get sick.
Weston was born and raised in northern Seattle, Washington. He hasn’t left northern Seattle much other than to go visit family out of state and in Eastern Washington.
Hello! My name is Raquel and I live in Kirkland, Washington. I made the decision to go to a choice school in Redmond called Tesla STEM High School and don’t regret it one bit!
Marianne was an IMBY intern in 2019 and now is a current Youth Artist-in-Residence at the park. Born in Beijing, China, she moved to Seattle in second grade and has lived in the Greater Seattle Area ever since.
Julian Alvis was born in Seattle, WA. He enjoys all sports and plays them all and he hopes to get a scholarship for college baseball or basketball.