Sofia De Jong, our Awesome Field Trip Illustrator

I volunteer at RAWK because it allows me to take a break from the stress of my jobs. I get to interact with kids and encourage their imaginations.

- Sofia D.J.

 Sofia moved to Kalamazoo in 2017, after graduating from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with her bachelors in psychology and studio art. Now she works in the domestic violence shelter at the YWCA in Kalamazoo, and as an EMT for Southwestern Community Ambulance Service down in Niles, MI; she also has an art studio in the Park Trades Center where she makes books and does illustrations. Since she grew up overseas, she has really enjoyed living in a city and being surrounded by so many opportunities. Sofia plans on going to grad school for her masters in international psychology, and hopes to one day work on policy making and advocacy to improve mental health awareness and services.  Sofia is an amazing addition to our volunteer hub, we appreciate everything she brings to the table every time she joins us! Sofia also got to illustrate during our field trip with Peace House earlier this month, creating a phenomenal piece that students adored!

Sofia moved to Kalamazoo in 2017, after graduating from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with her bachelors in psychology and studio art. Now she works in the domestic violence shelter at the YWCA in Kalamazoo, and as an EMT for Southwestern Community Ambulance Service down in Niles, MI; she also has an art studio in the Park Trades Center where she makes books and does illustrations. Since she grew up overseas, she has really enjoyed living in a city and being surrounded by so many opportunities. Sofia plans on going to grad school for her masters in international psychology, and hopes to one day work on policy making and advocacy to improve mental health awareness and services.

Sofia is an amazing addition to our volunteer hub, we appreciate everything she brings to the table every time she joins us! Sofia also got to illustrate during our field trip with Peace House earlier this month, creating a phenomenal piece that students adored!

 "The “yes and” rule makes me find creative solutions so that everyone’s ideas are heard. I especially like to sketch out the characters they come up with. Its challenging, but fun."

"The “yes and” rule makes me find creative solutions so that everyone’s ideas are heard. I especially like to sketch out the characters they come up with. Its challenging, but fun."