Isaac Dayno

"I joined NHC to better understand how health and social justice play out in the lives of Philadelphians, and to develop greater empathy through service."

Hometown:
Thetford, VT

Educational Background:
Harvard College

Host Site:
Stephen Klein Wellness Center - Project HOME

Why did you join NHC?
I joined NHC to better understand how health and social justice play out in the lives of Philadelphians, and to develop greater empathy through service.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to attend law school to study public interest law.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
As an undergraduate I served as a leader for Harvard's First-Year Outdoor Program, the College's backpacking orientation trips. Leading freshmen through both the wilderness and their own anxieties about college deeply shaped my understanding of service and community. I remain involved in the program and love watching each August as students return from their trips with meaningful relationships and powerful support networks, aspects critical to making the most of college.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
I became deeply involved in community service and social justice issues as an organizer in North Carolina prior to the 2016 election. The state was a key electoral battleground and a national stage for voting and LGBTQ rights. Knocking on thousands of doors, I met people from every background who shared their daily struggles and hopes for the future. I think it is difficult to walk away from such an experience unchanged.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
Each neighborhood in Philly is so unique and steeped in its own history. I can't wait to explore the different corners—and foods—of the city.

What’s your favorite food?
I love spicy food! If it makes me sweat or cry, I will eat it.