juju side hustle update

My progress of juju’s logo design!!!! The first 4 pages were my original idea, but I decided to change it (page 6,7) because after talking to couple of friends and family, they said that my logo is too typical and is seen everywhere in korean product  packages

The Town That Loves Refugees

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This is an illustration that represents the different countries refugees come from.

Resettlement for Refugees

By Hannah Noh

The United States of America, a country of freedom, education, diversity, and opportunity,  attracts people from other countries all around the world. However, there are people who are desperate to leave their homes and resettle in the United States for their own safety. Due to wars and conflicts, many people can neither return to their home country or live in safety in their current host country. UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) organizes the refugee resettlement process. They identify vulnerable cases to be referred to resettlement countries.

What determines one’s vulnerability? In order to be referred for resettlement, refugees must fit into at least one vulnerability category, such as needing urgent medical needs, women and girls at risk, survivors of violence/torture, and children at risk. UNHCR’s screen measures are taken to ensure they have not committed any serious crimes or will not be a threat to others. It is a strict vending process. In addition, the United States conducts its own security process to accept or decline a refugee for resettlement. Refugees go through eight U.S. government agencies, five background checks, six separate security databases, and three in-person interviews. It takes about two years for this entire process to be done abroad. Once a refugee has been determined to be resettled, the State Department assigns their case to one of nine U.S. NGOs. Resettlement agencies are located in areas where there is health care, education, housing, employment opportunity, and more. All of these factors lead to a successful immigration.

MVRCR (Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees), located in Utica, New York, was founded in 1981 and has welcomed over 15,000 refugees from Vietnam, Burma, Bosnia, Cambodia, Ukraine, Somalia, and more. MVRCR is one of many refugee centers that are part of the nine U.S. NGOs. The title “Town That Loves Refugees” has been given to the city of Utica because of their dedication to integrity, diversity, community, compassion, and knowledge in helping refugees. Jennifer Van Wagoner, the Grant Administrator at MVRCR, said, “Refugees and immigrants always been a part of the history of Utica and they have played a big role revitalizing this city.” MVRCR offers eight different services: Immigration and Citizenship, Interpreting and Translation, Cultural Competency, Office for New Americans, Adult Learning, Job Placement, Refugee Resettlement, and Community Program.

MVRCR’s most intense period of working with refugees is the first ninety days. During the ninety days, they help refugees settle in their apartments, obtain their social security numbers, enroll their children in school, connect them with benefits, help them find jobs, and enroll them in English second language classes. They also provide orientations during the ninety day period to the refugees. During orientation, they teach them about emergency help, such as 911, health care, and educational requirements. The office for new Americans helps facilitate citizenship classes and provide free legal advice. They also offer both languages services. Compass provides interpreters in a wide variety of businesses, education institutions, and health care agencies. Tone is the translation department that provides access to translation services through their website. They have a traffic safety program which provides comprehensive traffic safety education, child passenger safety seats, and help with getting a driving permit as well as a driving license. The ultimate goal is for refugees to become integrated into the community and become self sufficient. Furthermore, MVRCR is not only available during the ninety day process; it is available anytime to any refugee, whether it has been one year or five years since their resettlement.

Screen Shot 2019-03-06 at 1.18.48 PM.pngI had the honor to speak with Tatjana Kulalic, the immigration coordinator at MVRCR. Tatjana is a refugee herself who left Bosnia in 1999 for the safety of her family. She has been working at MVRCR since 2001. As an immigration coordinator, one of her jobs is to do paperwork to help refugees reunite with their immediate family. When a refugee comes to the United States, they come legally as a humanitarian refugee. After a year of being physically present in the United States, they are eligible to apply for a green card or become a permanent resident. Once the refugee is a permanent resident, they can file a petition for their family members to legally immigrate to the United States. Mothers who have children overseas are very special cases to Tatjana. During the interview, Tatjana said, “When I do the paperwork to help reunite families, I walk each step through every struggles with my client to see their families. And when I finally see them reunite, that’s when I know what I’m doing is worth everything. It’s not a job where you look at files and close it at the end of the day. I think every second of how I can help them. It is not just a job. It’s more than a job. It became a mission of my life to help refugees who are struggling. It’s not to just get the money to pay our expenses and bills. It’s a emotional connection with refugees.”

I met Ashley Bustos who is currently working as the employment manager in MVRCR. She explained that her job as the employment manager is to help refugees with limited English skills. Ashley and other staff members in job placement services help refugees in various ways, from helping refugees fill out the applications to helping them with job placement. MVRCR has relationships with different employers around the area because employers are looking for refugees to hire. During the process of refugees finding jobs, they provide assistance with resume building and interviews, workplace access trainings, and vocational ELL training. When it comes to the job orientation, MVRCR have Compass (the interpretation department) available for employers to use. They do introductory keyboard classes to teach them how to use search engines, practice typing skills, improve their email accounts, and even how to find transportation to their jobs. If for some reason they are unable to come to the interview by themselves, they provide transportation as well. They provide simple case management. After they help refugees find jobs, Ashley and her staff members keep in contact with the employers and the clients to make sure that all of their needs are being met. Employers reaches out to MVRCR for refugees to work for them because they are hardworking and punctual. When they face obstacles in their work, they will always overcome because they want to provide for their families. They have the willingness to work hard because they appreciate the opportunities they have here. It takes much resilience to pick up your family and move to another country.

Without MVRCR, it would have been difficult for refugees to resettle in Utica. Utica is home to many vulnerable refugees who had to leave their home country for their safety. Through MVRCR, many refugees were able to find a second chance in their lives. Thanks to the services and passionate staff members at MVRCR, many refugees can now call Utica their new home. After visiting MVRCR and speaking with their staff members, I have learned a great deal about the refugees in Utica and I have never been more proud of this city.

Side Hustle Process #2

I picked my color palette for both day and night alcohol. I also chose which flavor I will use for each set. I will be using pear, green grapes, and grapefruit for day alcohol because the color is bright and light. On the other side, I will be using tangerines, blueberry, and raspberry because of their dark colors.

I began making my logo. I’m playing with my handwriting on procreate and using fonts gothic, and lateef on illustrator.

I got inspired by the traditional Korean pattern in my skincare design. I want to incorporate the patterns in my alcohol package design.



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Side Hustle Inspiration

I was inspired by my grandmother’s handmade Korean style fruit syrup/alcohol. (Pictures below are images of 과일청 (Fermented Fruit Syrup)


Introducing a sophisticated/classy/enjoyable/ way of drinking to women. When we think of drinking alcohol, there is only negative stigma around it. College parties, blacking out, puke, and the list goes on. Ju Gwa (Brand name) presents a new alcohol that is made from fermented fruits with Korean rice wine (soju). This alcohol is perfect for women who wants to enjoy a sweet drink with a kick of alcohol. Ju Gwa will naturally create an environment where women want to chill and drink with their girlfriends.