We had the good fortune of connecting with Jae & Yae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jae & Yae, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process of starting the Ya Field Me Organization was wanting to be more involved with the youth. With us both having sports backgrounds, starting an organization that encouraged youth girls to get active was something we were both interested in doing. Having the goal of wanting to go to the Olympics in a sport during our younger years and compete on a higher level, we see how needed it is in the community to have this organization that allows us as coaches to assist youth girls who may also have dreams to play on a bigger stage.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Jae: Being a PE Coach at an elementary school, I’m still afforded the opportunity to be around and coach the youth community. Because this is heavily an area that I am interested in, this wasn’t a hard decision for me. The biggest lesson I’ve learned in this career is that patience is key. With having classes of kids with different personalities and backgrounds, sometimes meshing during team sports can be difficult. Exercising patience during these moments has been a useful tool that I enjoy displaying.
Yae: Stepping into the role of Director of Information Technology in Higher Education earlier this year, has been a challenge I would have never seen coming. While it has been a wild ride, it was not the easiest decision that I’ve had to make professionally. Teaching the youth in any way is something that I am interested in and being in this role I get to do just that with youth adults striving to learn more about the career field they may be interested in venturing off into after graduation.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We want the world to know that Ya Field Me Organization is a softball training camp. We are interested and excited that Ya Field Me allows us to teach the fundamentals of the sport to youth girls. Our goal is to provide intense, personalized instructions along with motivating each player to improve her skill.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Where do we begin?! Happy hours are probably our favorite! A yummy cocktail and good food is EVERYTHING! Live music is always a cool vibe, so if the spot has that… we’re there. If the friend is deep into sports like we are Top Golf and bowling are a must. Houston has some amazing food spots, so going on a food tour throughout the week would be on the list of things to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
During the early stages of Ya Field Me, we connected with Kerry Boykins (Director of Foster Home Development, Bridges to Permanency) and were able to participate in their Toys for Tots event Christmas 2019. While chatting with Kerry, we realized we had a lot in common. Learning that he coached baseball and hearing that we were getting ready to launch what we hoped to be one of many softball camps, he quickly offered his advice and expertise. Little did we know the information he gave us during that event we’d still be applying today.