Name: Cole Ng
Title: Solid T Initiative Director
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I graduated from UCI in 2003 and majored in Sociology. I also just completed my Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University. I was born and raised in Pacifica, CA, which is just 10 minutes south of San Francisco. I’ve lived in Orange County for over 10 years, but the Bay Area will always be home to me. There’s nothing like the fresh air, the great food and the sports teams. Go Giants!!! My parents still live up north in Pacifica. My older brother, sister-in-law and the cutest nephew anyone could ask for live close by in Irvine. They have all been a great source of support and encouragement to us in our involvement at Solidarity. My beautiful wife, Bianca, and I celebrated our wedding day in August, 2010. She has been an amazing partner and blessing to me! I honestly don’t think I would be at Solidarity or living in Fullerton if it weren’t for her.
My wife, Bianca, started volunteering in Solidarity’s Gente Inteligente Program in 2007. She would always share stories about the kids in the neighborhood and how much she enjoyed connecting with them every week. A couple years later, Bianca became the Program Director of JOYA Scholars and started to work specifically with the youth in the Garnet neighborhood. Even from a distance, I could see the Lord working in powerful ways through Solidarity. Shortly after we got married, I heard about the opportunity to join the Solidarity staff and lead the Solid T social enterprise. Bianca and I felt the Lord inviting us to join Him in what He was already doing at Solidarity. We took the step of faith and I decided to join the team. We moved into the Garnet community a couple weeks later and it’s been a great journey ever since- we really enjoy living close to other staff members and the families in the community. I currently work as the Solid T Initiative Director at Solidarity.
What is your favorite TV show? My wife and I don’t watch too much TV, but my favorite show growing up was The Wonder Years. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the life lessons that came with every new episode. In many ways, I found that it paralleled my childhood and adolescent years.
If Solidarity were a medium of art, what would it be? Dance – There is freedom to be ourselves and when people dance in a choreographed piece, it can be breathtaking and beautiful.
If Solidarity were a mode of transportation, what would it be? A train – it’s a slow journey but we get to look around and enjoy the scene around us.
Describe Solidarity as “family”: Unique individuals with shared values and love for each other.