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  • YO! Alumni Profile: Sara Moussavian

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    Featured Alumni:
    Sara Moussavian

     

    1. Why did you originally get involved with YO?

    The reason I became involved with YO! is because I was interested in finding a group of peers like myself in efforts of feeling like I belong in the social clique.

    2. What did you gain from being a part of YO?

    In addition to an expansion in my social group; my leadership, advocacy skills and most importantly knowledge about Disability history increased through my work on the Disability History Week Campaign.

    3. Would you do it again if you could? Why?

    Yes, I would participate in YO! again as I’m interested in participating in campaigns which would make a difference in the community (both with individuals with disabilities and individuals who do not have disabilities).

    4. Would you refer or recommend a youth to YO!?

    Yes, I would recommend YO! to other youth in the community.

    5. What was the best part of being a YO! Volunteer or YAC member?

    The best part of being a YO! volunteer was having an opportunity to make a difference in the community and wanting to participate as it became a hobby versus being a participant in the activity to fulfill a requirement for school.

    6. How would you describe YO! to a friend?

    I would describe YO! to a friend by stating it is a life changing experience by having the opportunity to participate in a social justice campaign with other youth who are pleasant to work with.

    7. What have you accomplished since you completed your Volunteer with time YO! or time on the YAC?

    Since my time at YO! has ended, I have graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and have obtained a job with the Federal government.


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  • Featured ImageYO! Alumni Profile: Jamie Caron

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    Featured Alumni Jamie Caron

     

    1. Why did you originally get involved with YO?

    I wanted to educate others on disabilities and to be around other people with disabilities.

    2. What did you gain from being a part of YO?

    More awareness about myself and proper etiquette for people with disabilities.

    3. Would you do it again if you could? Why?

    Yeah, I like teaching legislators about issues that people with disabilities face; I want more people to treat us with respect and equality.

    4. Would you refer or recommend a youth to YO!?

    Yes, it’s good they learn how to treat other people with disabilities act that it’s cool being part of that community.

    5. What was the best part of being a YO! Volunteer or YAC member?

    Meeting other youth with disabilities and teaching people about what it’s like to be a youth with a disability. Also I really liked working on the campaigns.

    6. How would you describe YO! to a friend?

    Yo is a program that connects youth with disabilities to the community.

    7. What have you accomplished since you completed your Volunteer with time YO! or time on the YAC?

    I got an AA as communication, and I became a stronger leader.

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  • Featured ImageYO! Alumni Profile: Jonny Vallin

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    Featured Alumni Jonny Vallin
    “YO! Disabled & Proud gave me a way to stay connected and practice the skills I learned after attending the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. YO! Volunteer Corps provided an opportunity for me to gain employment readiness skills while serving at my local Independent Living Center and eventually a paid position. YO! Volunteer Corps gave me the self-confidence I needed to earn my AA degree and transfer to a four year university.”

     

    1. Why did you originally get involved with YO?

    After attending YLF in 2009, YO was a way to stay connected and practice all I learned. I was able to advocate on behalf of youth with disabilities for rights and equal opportunities.

    2. What did you gain from being a part of YO?

    I gain many skills! I got to placed in an ILC and got work and volunteer experience. I built an intense network as well as develop youth-driven projects.

    3. Would you do it again if you could? Why?

    In a heartbeat. I had a blast and found my passion in life.

    4. Would you refer or recommend a youth to YO!?

    I have! many!

    5. What was the best part of being a YO! Volunteer or YAC member?

    I think knowing that I apart of a group of youth that was statewide and that we would work
    together to implement disability history week in schools.

    6. How would you describe YO! to a friend?

    Great work experience and friendly environment .

    7. What have you accomplished since you completed your Volunteer with time YO! or time on the YAC?

    I have had seasonal employment at the ILC and finished my AA.

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