Meet Ian Harnarine who joined ICA as a volunteer tutor and mentor to students in our youth programs. Ian was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. He studied physics at York University and the University of Illinois. He has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School where he now teaches along with the Physics Department. Ian's film "Doubles With Slight Pepper" won the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award. Q & A 1) Why did you choose to volunteer with ICA? I wanted to get involved with a grassroots organization that was trying to affect change within the Indo-Caribbean community. 2) What do you get of it? Since I didn't grow up in Queens and don't really have any close family in the area, it also allows me to feel connected to Indo-Caribbean culture and the community. 3) Can you give an example of when you felt your help made a difference? I can honestly say that every week at tutoring, I notice something new with the students that come. Whether it's helping them with a math problem, or just talking to them about their lives, I hope they get as much out of it as I do. 4) What surprised you the most about volunteering at ICA? The dedication of the other volunteers and how much everyone cares about helping the community. 5) What's the most Indo-Caribbean thing about you? I'm a huge fan of the food! 6) What are you three favorite films? This changes all the time, but right now: - The Thin Red Line - Do the Right Thing - Bim (look it up if you haven't heard of it!)
We're thrilled to have Ian's support! To learn more about our youth programs, click here. To volunteer, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to be involved.