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November 27, 2012

Good Job: Cyrus Malapajo, ACRS youth counselor

Good Job: Cyrus Malapajo, ACRS youth counselor

Cyrus Malapajo works as a counselor within the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, one of The Seattle Times' Fund For The Needy charities.

What do you do? I am a counselor and Southeast Asian Young Men’s Group (SEA-YM) facilitator within the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). SEA-YM seeks to explore and connect teens’ cultural and ethnic identities toward achieving academic success. Currently, we have groups in three local high schools: Franklin, Southlake and Cleveland.

How did you get that job? I interned with ACRS as a part of my program at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and was fortunate enough to be hired soon after graduating from my program.

Fund For The Needy

Each year, The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy raises money for a select group of charities that help children, families and senior citizens. Give to The Fund For The Needy.

What’s a typical day like? My typical day includes making school visits to see clients and prepping the curriculum for the upcoming week’s SEA-YM group, which we hold every Tuesday and Thursday. I also facilitate an after-school program at ACRS ... where [group members] can get assistance with homework, resumes and job searching as well as participating in basketball.

What’s the best part of the job? A young Cambodian American client once told me that because of our work, he was encouraged not just to learn more about his culture, but to improve his relationship with his brother. Working with the youth -- seeing them develop good study habits and an interest in school, helping them recognize and achieve their potential ­-- it’s a great feeling!

What surprises people about your job? It always surprises people how much I enjoy what I do. Too often working with youth is seen as a difficult endeavor, when in truth, it can truly be a rewarding and fun experience.

--NWjobs staff

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Nice guy Nick on November 27, 2012 7:33 PM | Reply

Not even a cool job. Cool story bro!

Nick Elliot on November 27, 2012 7:38 PM | Reply


cerl jerbs!

trollco on November 27, 2012 7:38 PM | Reply

Cyrus is a true inspiration. He's help calm my rage when I'm trolling.

Tony Bacetti on November 27, 2012 7:43 PM | Reply


Mr. Paintner on November 27, 2012 11:22 PM | Reply


Melvin on December 7, 2012 3:45 PM | Reply

The family is proud of you bro for all your hard work with others and your accomplishment. Keep it up and God bless you always!

jack mende on January 5, 2013 7:53 PM | Reply

from your family here in the philippines, we are all proud of you!

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