Meet Lyia Jalao
What would your walk out song be?
Why did you join HIP?
I joined HIP because the organizers continue to work for the community and its something I want to be involved with. The HIPsters are a great source of leadership in the community and it is a space for passionate people who want to do good work. None of us get paid but you see organizers running around wanting to help and educate the community. On top of having day jobs, we time manage our weekends & weeknights to attend local Sacramento festivals, community projects and support causes we believe in. I have yet to be disappointed with how, as organizers, we have uplifted our communities. I can't stress enough the passion and drive this group has, I can't believe I am a part of it!
How has being a part of HIP impacted your life?
I kept up with the local politics but HIP has a way of keeping up and responding almost immediately. I am amazed at how quickly we can organize with each other and the next day send out letters, communicate with our leaders and have real impact on local issues like Urban Farming. Despite the rush, nothing looks unprofessionally done, this says a lot about the experience, expertise & teamwork of the organizers.
Why should someone join HIP?
You should join HIP because being part of our group will make you have professional growth spurts like you never imagined! Growth spurts in communicating, networking with local Mom & Pop shops, writing and so much more. Through this you learn what is your capacity to lead, you take on projects and tasks that are unique to Sacramento and unique to your passions. The organizers all support one another. Any personal issues we may have at home, the team will always remind self-care and will walk you through difficult tasks. They'll volunteer to help you in your life, not only because you're a HIPster, but because you're a friend.
What is your favorite moment from your time in HIP?
My favorite memory has to be answering this survey about me right now; one of our HIP organizers is making sure that I complete this survey about my time in HIP. I have only joined HIP recently and so far its been a whirlwind of activities and tasks. This one is easily the simplest task I have been given, but definitely the one I have procrastinated the most on. ;)
Where do you think the Hmong community will be in 5 years? in 20?
The Hmong community in 5 years will hopefully become more politically engaged in local politics. We are recent immigrant to this country and I am amazed at the talent and growth we have.
In 20 years, I hope to see the Hmong community more engaged in big projects, I want us to soar higher in every aspect of politics, science, beauty, etc.
When I'm not hustling for HIP, you can find me...
I will be working on advocating for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and abusive international marriages. I also do occasionally enjoy a microbrewed ale or lager, I love discovering new brews and I love sharing them as gifts.