Meet Our Intern!

We are thrilled to announce our newest Upper Ninety team member, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern Elaine Yang! In between crunching data sets, Elaine was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions so we can get to know her better.


1. Where are you from? I am originally from South Korea. I came to the States at the start of my sophomore year of high school. I lived in Salisbury, Maryland, for three years then moved to Baltimore to attend college, where I studied Psychology and Cognitive Science.  

2. Where are you living now, and what are you up to? I am in Cambridge currently. I came to this city to study how to develop school-based programs and enhance their efficacy through the Prevention Science and Practice program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

3. Why were you drawn to intern with Upper Ninety? I applied to intern at Upper Ninety because of its mission in serving low-income communities by providing a support system that helps students succeed in their lives. I also share its vision in the positive outcome of its strength-based approach, so that students are enabled to learn and enhance their potential success both academically as students, and prospectively as adults. I pursued my application to partake in its mission, bring about its vision, and share the joy in seeing the positive growth in students in the communities in Austin. 

4. What is your favorite thing about Mindfulness?  I find  great value in mindfulness practice because of its demonstrated effect on positive outcomes in many aspects of life across ages. It has helped many regulate and reduce academic stress, improve everyday functioning with increased self-regulation, and increase positivity and satisfaction in life. 

5. When you're not busy studying or working for Upper Ninety, what do you like to do in your free time? I like cooking, so I go grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I often bring back a bundle of flowers from TJ's since I like brightening up the space in the common areas of my apartment. I also like to lend an ear to those who need someone to listen to their thoughts.

6. What's one thing your HGSE classmates don't know about you? One thing that my HGSE classmates don't know about me is that I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, for a year when I was 13 years old.

For more information on Elaine, check out her bio here.