SFGC: We understand you’ve spent time living in a few different places – where would you consider “Home?” Why?
Dylan: I consider Singapore my home because even though I was born and raised in New York, every time I go back to the US to visit I get homesick and start missing Singapore.
SFGC: Who or what was your initial inspiration for getting so involved with helping others? Are you able to pinpoint them/it?
Dylan: For as long as I can remember, service has been a part of my life, and I have to thank my mother for that. My mom traveled with me all around the world and made me realize how interconnected we all are, which in turn has lead me to mobilize others to become change makers. Although I grew up in NYC my world included the slums of Nairobi, HIV clinics in Soweto, and evacuation camps in Haiti. My life has been made up of a series of amazing adventures and none of them would have ever been possible without my mom.
SGFC: Recently, you climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for Caring for Cambodia. Tell us a little bit about your motivation for embarking on this incredible adventure. Was it more difficult than you anticipated? Why?
Dylan: The challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro for charity is a promise that my mom and I made when working on a service project at the base of Kilimanjaro when I was nine. When the time came to decide which charity we would be climbing for, CFC was where my heart was. With 60 percent of climbers unable to reach Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit due to altitude sickness, I worked hard to ensure I didn’t meet the same fate. Although I trained constantly prior to the climb, you can never prepare yourself for the sheer difficulty you face when climbing a 19,341 foot mountain. So yes the climb was 1,000 times colder and more difficult than I ever imagined.
SFGC: Pandoo Foundation is extremely excited to have you involved in its work, particularly with our Pandoo School Clubs project. How do you see this project being impactful and meaningful to the overarching Pandoo mission?
Dylan: I think that the Pandoo School Clubs Project is such an interdisciplinary way to connect kids from the game to the real world. Pandoo Nation’s mission is to inspire youth to make the world a better place in whatever way they feel they can best contribute. The School Clubs
Project is taking those inspired youth and giving them the tools they need to create real change.
SFGC: Who is your favorite Pandoo Nation game character!? Why?
Dylan: My favorite Pandoo Nation character is Code because I find a lot of myself in her. I think that we both are very analytical and like to examine a situation and study it before we take affirmative action.