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Founded by youth member Cindy Wang, the Jasmine Giving Heart Youth Program is a community service program whose purpose is to enlighten and enrich others lives though performances and fundraising efforts for causes across the country. The program focuses on providing performances to local senior homes. Since 2011, Jasmine youth members have performed regularly at Santa Marta and Garden Terrace. Starting in  March 2013, Giving Heart extended its community service efforts to the Heritage of Overland Park senior home, a senior home for disabled seniors. Based on their needs, Jasmine organized on a monthly basis thirty-minute performances on the first Saturday of each month. 

In addition to collaborations with local senior homes, Cindy established an ongoing partnership with local Kansas City nonprofit, Operation Breakthrough. Through two benefit dinners, Cindy raised over $1000 for Operation Breakthrough's summer enrichment program, which provides less fortunate youth in Kansas City with opportunities to stretch their extracurricular and academic horizons. 

The Jasmine Youth Giving Heart program not only offers an opportunity for our youth members to serve our community by using their special talents, but also allows youth members to gain critical organization, communication, and leadership skills.

For updates on and photos of events organized by Giving Heart, please see the News page. To view a list of all community service events, please see the Community Service page.

Current and Past Youth Directors


Rylie Zhang

May 2023 - present

Rylie is a senior at Blue Valley West High School. She has been a Jasmine member since 2011.


Audrey Che

May 2020 - May 2023

Audrey graduated from Blue Valley High School in 2023. She has been a Jasmine member since 2010.


Serena Xiao

May 2019 - May 2020

Serena graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in 2020 and currently attends the University of Southern California. She has been a Jasmine member since 2012.


April Ma

May 2018 - May 2019

April Ma graduated from Blue Valley West High School in 2019 and currently attends the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a Jasmine member since 2009. 


Aleena Li

May 2018 - May 2019

Aleena Li graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School and currently attends Cornell University. 

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Amanda Cheng

May 2016 - May 2017

Amanda Cheng graduated from Olathe North High School in 2019 and currently studies at the University of Kansas. 


Renny Ma

May 2015 - May 2016

Renny graduated from Blue Valley High School in 2016 and from Brown University in 2020. She has been a Jasmine member since its founding in 2008.

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Cindy Wang

March 2011 - May 2015

Cindy graduated from the Pembroke Hill School in 2015 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. She is currently a member of the Jasmine Executive Board and has been a Jasmine member since its founding in 2008.


Elaine Zhu

May 2015 - May 2016

Elaine graduated from Blue Valley High School in 2018 and currently studies at Columbia University. 

Apply to be a Youth Director

Applications for the Youth Director position are now closed. Decisions will be released in June.

Basic qualifications:

  • 9th grade and up in the fall of 2020

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Passion for dance

  • Responsibility, flexibility and open-mindedness

  • Ready to guarantee sufficient service time (1-2 hours per week)



  • Creating a one-year youth community service activity plan and reviewing with Executive Director Ella Shan within the first month of being appointed-

  • Leading activities and recruiting volunteers according to the yearly plan

  • Recording community service hours for all members

  • Leading/assisting dance practices for performances, including recruiting performers

  • Supporting Jasmine events

  • Providing a report with photos after performances to Jasmine Board to post on the website and to email to the rest of Jasmine

To apply, please submit an essay using the Upload button below describing your interest in the position and why you would be the best fit. The application submission deadline is May 24th, 2020. Jasmine board will conduct virtual interviews with selected candidates and elect the new Youth Director based on a holistic evaluation of the essay and interview.

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