My name is James Swonick, and I am the newest VISTA that will be
working with the Braddock Youth Project. I wanted to take a few
minutes to introduce myself and give everyone a little more information
about me. I graduated from McKeesport High School (Go Tigers!) in
2003, received my Bachelor’s Degree from PITT, and last August I
earned a Masters Degree in Social Work, from PITT as well. For the past
6 years I have also been coaching for a youth Futsal (a form of indoor
soccer) organization called The Barbarian FC. Below are some questions
that only paint a small picture of me, so I encourage everyone to come
and say hello so that I can tell you more as well as learn about you!
Why I wanted to be a part of BYP: I was left almost speechless when I started
looking at what the community was doing, and how BYP was supporting that effort.
A lot of the projects that the youth of Braddock are completing are in areas that I am
interested in as well, and have a passion for, so I knew that I this was a program that
I wanted to be a part of.
Future Goals: Possibly joining the Peace Corps and going back to school to earn
a Ph. D. I also hope to see The Barbarian FC continue to grow and attract talented
youth from around the country.
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening and landscaping, most sports but my favorite is
soccer, video games, technology, Politics (domestic and international), all forms of
Art, Star Wars, board games, Dungeons and Dragons, reading, browsing the Internet,
Favorite Movie: Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Fun Fact: I have been to Cuba
Favorite Books: Dante’s Inferno, The Odyssey
Favorite Subject: Psychology
Least favorite subject: Chemistry
Recent Personal Achievements:
• For the Barbarians – Back to back (2011, 2012) USFF regional champions,
Two National Champions in 2010
• College – National Honors Society during Undergraduate
Favorite Website: Reddit.com
Who Inspires Me: My father
Favorite Quote: Eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, Gandhi
If I could talk with anyone living or dead, who would that be and why?: Gandhi.
His non-violent resistance freed India from British rule, and inspired some of the
greatest people to ever live, even in America.
I look forward to talking with everyone soon, and working together with
the youth of Braddock and the community as a whole!