Hi, my name is Pharisha, I am seventeen years old and I go to Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx. Two years ago, I moved from Mexico City because all of my family was here in New York and I wanted to be with them. That was a challenging experience because I didn’t know the language or the culture, so I had to do a lot of extra work to fit in.
Coming to the United States was also the beginning of a new and interesting experience because I was able to meet new people and see new places like the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. In the beginning, everything was exciting because my parents helped me understand everything. When I entered school, I faced the language barrier. All of my subjects were in English and that was difficult to understand. But there I found people that helped me adapt. The mentoring program was one of the clubs that I decided to join because they spoke Spanish and it was easy for me to communicate my feelings and ideas. They were really important to me because, thanks to them and to my mentor, I improved my communication skills. It was in that program that I found out about Youth Insights. My mentor helped me with the application process, and she has always supported me in what I have done.
Being a part of the Whitney Museum of American Art has been really important to me. All the participants and the staff have helped me to view art in another way, and to discover parts of myself that I didn’t know I had. I am really proud to be part of the Whitney community, because every single minute I have learned something new. One of my favorite experiences at the Whitney has been giving tours. While giving tours you can learn so many things, such as self-confidence and more importantly, new things about art itself. It is so amazing. That is why I am so proud to be a part of Youth Insights.