Huyn Choi (right) with her student Shu Fen on a hike at Rattlesnake Ledge

Why did you become a mentor with CfY?

It’s so easy to become consumed with your life in this day and age, everything becomes all about you, especially when you’re single, so I thought it was time I did something that was more than myself. I wanted to do something that was helpful, and become more involved in my community. At my former job, I was looking around at different opportunities to present to our employees, and when Peter (the former Executive Director) came by and told us about CfY, I was super impressed and figured it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’ve stayed with CfY for the past three years because I’ve been impressed with the community model. I love the different layers of relationships, from the student/mentor pairings  to the family group, to the greater community and the opportunities each layer offers to build relationships.

How has the experience changed you?

I don’t know if there has been any huge life changes, but it has brought me more awareness of the city I live in. I’ve gotten to meet and get to know so many more people that I would not have normally met and get to know different parts of the city.

What’s your most favorite memory of CfY?

I don’t know if I have one memory in particular, but I always enjoy Launch/Boosts. It’s great to see the relationships grow over those weekends and there’s often some fun unexpected event that happens that can make those times magical.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or know someone who might be interested, please email our Outreach and Partnership Coordinator Hayley Nolan at You can also apply to be a mentor online. Click here!