My name is Jordan Cullins, I am 19 years old, and I was born on February 19, 2000. My interests are military history, computers, and video games. I wanted to be a YO! Volunteer because I want to help other people and be able to gain some work experience.?

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Youth Volunteer Corps Jordan Resources for Independence, Central Valley – Fresno, CA

Hey, what's up guys, gals, and non-binary pals! My name is Maya, I'm 22 years old from Riverside, CA. I'm a recent graduate from UC Merced with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Writing. I became interested in disability advocacy after attending the California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in 2015 as a delegate. Since then, I've gone back as staff for the past three years. Being back home and having more time on my hands, I finally took it upon myself to become a YO! Volunteer. I look forward to working with youth with disabilities through my local ILC and hope to gain experience that will help me to reach my ultimate career goal of being a school psychologist.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Maya Community Access Center – Riverside, CA

Hello, my name is Nathan Kaufmann, and I am 27 years old. I am currently a volunteer for the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. I have a passion for all things tech, especially computers and video games. I also enjoy all things sci-fi, fantasy, and fan fic in shows and in books. Through YO!, I hope to gain more skills and learn more about my community.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Nathan Silicon Valley Independent Living Center – San Jose, CA

Hello all! My name is Travis Nichols. I am a 19-year-old blind individual from California. From the age of 10 to the age of 18 I attended the California School for the Blind located in Fremont, California. While there, I gained extensive experience working with youth and adults alike that had multiple disabilities. I have, and always will, enjoy helping and serving the disabled community to the best of my abilities. I am a simple man, but I am me. It is a pleasure to meet you all.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Travis FREED Center for Independent Living – Marysville, CA

I was raised in Sacramento, CA. I attended Sacramento City College where I got my Associates Degree in Business Administration & Social Science. When I was attending Sacramento City College, I was involved in clubs, such as the Fencing Club and the Business Club. As I continued my education at Sacramento City College, I became a Math & Statistics Tutor in 2015. In my last semester at Sacramento City College in 2016, I became the Vice President of Fundraising for the Business Club, where I helped recruit student members to participate in campus fundraising events. Upon graduating from Sacramento City College, I transferred to Sacramento State University at the end of 2016. In 2017, I was admitted to Sacramento State majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. During my studies at Sacramento State, I joined the Accounting Society. It gave me the opportunity to be more confident in myself and have more opportunities to volunteer in the community. During my last semester in 2018 at Sacramento State, I became an Instructional Student Assistant where I would tutor students in their business courses. At the same time, I became Director of Information Systems for the Accounting Society. I identify myself as a person with disabilities.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Tony California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA

Shea Pouley is a seventeen-year-old male who attends high school at The Met Sacramento. He has worked with Resources for Independent Living for two years as an intern, an employee, and now as a YO! Volunteer. Shea is an advocate for disability and mental health issues. He loves his family, his cats, and his dog named Anna.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Shea Resources for Independent Living – Sacramento, CA

Hi, my name is Kameron, I am a disabled trans guy. I grew up in Norway and moved to the Bay Area when I was 16, and then to the Inland Empire in 2016. I am currently seeking a career in Cosmetology and volunteering at Rolling Start Inc. My passions include art, poetry, and activism. My goal is to find, enhance, and create beauty in the world.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Kameron Rolling Start Inc. – Hesperia, CA

I am Harmony Tarrant, I'm 25 years old live in Laguna Beach, California. I want to improve my work skills as well as help other people with disabilities (or just people in general) by educating and teaching empathy and compassion. I'm excited to work with YO! so I can do all of these things. I like to write poetry, listen to music, and do public speaking.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Harmony Dayle McIntosh Center – Laguna Beach, CA

Hello, Im Kathleen and I am passionate about what I do and what I believe in. I am always working towards my goals and trying to improve my everyday skills. During my volunteer time, I am hoping to practice typing, answering phones, and helping those in need. I am willing to learn new things and hope to find ways to accomplish things in a more orderly fashion and a timelier manner.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Kathleen Rolling Start Inc. – Hesperia, CA

Hi, my name is Mike Infante. I am 17 years old and currently a senior in high school living in Sacramento, CA. I have Cerebral Palsy, but that doesn't stop me. I enjoy acting in many theatre productions and in film. Some productions I've been in around town are "White Christmas," "Grease," "Miracle Worker" and Ghost Tours in Old Sacramento. I joined YO! to work and inspire younger generations of people with disabilities to make a change in the disabled community. I am very excited to work with my peers and make a bigger change in the community!

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Youth Volunteer Corps Mike California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA

Hey, my name is Nicole Anderson, and I am 25 years old. I'm from Salinas, CA located in Monterey county. I go to Hartnell College and I am a Political Science Major. I have disabilities ranging from ADHD to vision issues, as well as a traumatic brain injury. I grew up in foster care which sparked my passion for advocacy for those who are affected by stigma and discrimination. I now have the honor to Volunteer for YO! at my local Independent Living Center (ILC), Central Coast Center for Independent Living. I'm working to develop a youth program here in my county. I love makeup, music, food, Netflix, and spending time with my family. I look forward with working with you all.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Nicole Central Coast Center for Independent Living – Salinas, CA

I decided to volunteer with RIL because I want to gain the skills necessary to work in an office setting as well as learn ways to help those around me. Whenever I get a chance, I'll read a book that interests me or hang out with my friends and family. I graduated in May with a Customer Service Certificate and I plan on finding a job soon. I'm a trustworthy hardworking person that is excited to learn more about myself and what I can accomplish as a YO! Volunteer.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Amanda Resource for Independent Living – Sacramento, CA

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