Name: Patrick Parker
Location: Houston, TX
Position: Political Affairs Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
I became interested in global issues in 2010 while I was studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At the time, I lived with two medical students and a law student in Cleveland, Ohio from India, Pakistan, and Kashmere. We had many challenging conversations, and I have continued to learn from my relationships with them, especially the lawyer, who now works for the USAID department and the United Nations.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time to serve the world’s poor because I believe that helping others helps the United States. Also, as someone who was overweight his entire life and lost over one hundred pounds, public policy around food and poverty resonate deeply with me.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I was raised in rural North Carolina and had formative civic experiences through Boys’ State, Senate internships, and various opportunities as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, where I was mentored by U.S. Senator Robert Morgan.
As an adult, I pursued a career in the arts. Over the course of fifteen years, I earned a doctorate from the University of Houston, served in the Episcopal Church in America, and was Founder and Artistic Director of the internationally-recognized group Houston Baroque. I taught at Houston Community College and University of Houston, performed countless concerts in cathedrals and churches throughout the world, lived for a year in Leipzig, Germany (Houston’s sister city), and created five commercial recordings.
In my free time, I mentor teenagers and young adults in addiction recovery and LGBT issues. A new career of service began to develop around honoring the dignity and worth of each person.
I currently study Political Social Work at the University of Houston and I am a counselor at Sharpstown International School where I serve a population of 1,300 students on various mental health issues. I live in Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood—the United States’ first master-planned community—with my best friend, a Dachshund/Chihuahua named Ollie. I regularly update my blog on public policy issues which can be found at www.patrickaaronparker.com.
My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
- $50: I will send a thank you card and copy of my last commercial album, recorded with mezzo-soprano Katie Pollorena in Memphis, Tennessee.
- $100: I will send a thank you card, as well as the above mentioned album, and the internationally-acclaimed Houston Baroque album I directed with myself and seven other musicians.
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