PCV Jay Armenta

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As I said before, you just never know the type of people you’ll meet. In talking to all my fellow volunteers, I have heard interesting stories. Some things are completely unbelievable. Sometimes, people are just not at all what they seem. Such is the case for Jay Armenta. He is incredibly sweet, funny and protective of his friends. I feel lucky to have such a title. Get into it peeps…

Volunteer Profile:
Jay Armenta
25
Whittier College (Southern California) BS
Kinesiology
University of Hawaii, Masters in Public Health 

PC: Health Sector 
Fun fact: There are three generations living in my house back home. I love my family. 

 What made you join the Peace Corps?
I once heard this quote, it goes something like this “The only life worth living is that which is lived in service to others” and I wanted to live. That’s why I joined. 

What do you hope to get out of this service?
A new home and I want to be able to rap in Spanish

How long have you been rapping?
Since 2007, I go by the name Rayne Rose

What do your parents think about it?
They are really supportive.

How did you get into it?
I got into rap through poetry. I was inspired by this group called Climbing Poetry. 

What do you hope comes from it?
I want to be a Performance Activist and spread my message through music. I have a message of serving others and being kind. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?
On a stage, performing for people who care. 

What’s something you’re stereotyped for that you think isn’t true?
For some reason, people think I’m not smart, but I am very intelligent. 

Would you recommend Peace Corps for others?
Most definitely. I want others to live. 

What does the world need more of and why?
The world needs more love and light because that is the fuel for the souls of the universe. I am here to illuminate the darkness. 

You can find Jay’s music here and here. Check it out and tell him what you think. It has been a pleasure to get to know him and live (serve) beside him. Who knows what else I will learn about him in two years.

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