Kyung-Nam Oh is a cellist, conductor, and music teacher. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music from Kyung-Hee University in Korea and then went on to earn a Master’s degree from Ball State University and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University.Mr. Oh has taught cello for more than twenty years and his students have won numerous competitions. In a broader context, his students have developed in many cases as role models for the societies in which they live and work. Mr. Oh has played cello in numerous solo and chamber music recitals including in the US. Midwest, South Korea and Hungary. Mr. Oh believes his role is as much being a mentor to his students as it is in being a teacher. With this philosophy in mind he has served as Director of various youth groups including Master’s Youth Orchestra and Anderson University Summer String Camp. Mr. Oh was also an adjunct faculty at Anderson University and Taylor University in Indiana before moving to Boston.
After School Program Director/ Summer Program Coordinator
Chantal is the director of the After School Program and Summer Program coordinator. She has been with YOFES for the past three years. Her job entails recruiting students, overseeing classroom and enrichment activities, and maintaining partnerships with different schools & churches and the community at large.
Wilson coordinates the music program at YOFES. He works well with teachers, students, YOFES staff and parents. He provides cultural mediation, manages parent relations and leads music program recruitment. He organizes teacher schedules, supervizes staff and organizes parent meetings to ensure the music program is fully operational. Wilson has been with YOFES for more than 10 years.
OAMEC Student Liaison
Farah has been with YOFES since 2006. She began as a volunteer Teacher’s Assistant and now works as Student Liaison as well as manages string and wind instruments in the loan program. She supervises Youth Leaders, manages office software, and helps with student transportation for special events and performances. Farah works with Music Program director, Teaching Artists and staff to manage and track student attendance and promote retention.
Dauphin is YoFES Webmaster/graphic designer. His different roles involve multimedia production, especially around the periods where major YoFES cultural events require promotional audio/video material for radio and television broadcast.
He started to work at YoFES in 2011 during our preparation of Haiti’s earthquake memorial.
Every year, for our summer program, he works with a few youth leaders in designing students and staff T-shirts through the process of serigraphy (the art of silk-screen printing) that he introduced here as an alternative to costly commercial printing.
Project Smart Program Manager
Dr. Joel Piton is the Program Manager for Project Smart: a STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention and education program at Youth & Family Enrichment Services (YoFES). This program is funded by the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct group, individual, and community level interventions addressing issues of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and Hepatitis B & C among youth of color particularly Haitian and Haitian-American youth between the ages of 15 to 25 years. The aims of this program are to decrease risk transmission and acquisition of STIs and HIV/AIDS, provide early screening, and link participants to medical care. The program helps participants to be more assertive when it comes to making sound decisions about their lives. Dr. Piton brings many years of experience providing prevention and education training in the areas of HIV/AIDS, STIs, Tuberculosis and mental health to the larger Haitian community.
Daniel loves working with people from diverse places and has a penchant for International Relations and Languages. As a Health Educator at YOFES, he enjoys the social and educational aspect of his duty. It is rewarding for him to see how more and more fellow Haitians living greater Boston neighborhoods are gaining awareness and knowledge about both the reality of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in their community and the appropriate prevention methods.