Hello, my name is Jose A Cruz Angeles. I am 26 years old and I have been blind since I was 3 years old. I was born in Mexico City, but I have been living in Anaheim, CA since the age of nine. I am responsible, honest, respectful, and very outgoing. I love music: therefore, my hobbies are to play guitar, listen to all types of music, and sing. I also enjoy dealing with technology, helping others, playing sports, and working out. I applied to be a volunteer for YO! because as I said before, I like helping others. It is also a chance for me to show other people like myself that we can do something in life. Growing up, I did not know much about all the rights people with disabilities have. I also didn't know about all of the technology that is available. I had to figure everything out on my own. Because of this, I do not want other people to struggle as I did. I want them to know what I did not know growing up. This is a little about me, and I hope to be a great help to the YO! program.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Alan Dayle McIntosh Center – Garden Grove, CA

My name is Jose, I'm from Fresno, CA. I'm a youth in the Bridges Program at Resources for Independent Living Central Valley (RICV). I look forward to volunteering with the YO! Disabled and Proud program. What I'm interested in is meeting new people and working well with the other youth. I like to help people and have conversations with others to learn more about them. One day I know I'll be a great leader with YO! Disabled & Proud.

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

My name is Ashlee and I am 24 years old. I live in Fresno, California and I have a learning disability. I enjoy working as a volunteer with my local Independent Living Center (ILC), Resources for Independence Central Valley. As a volunteer I enjoy helping others with or without disabilities and listening to them share their life stories. I work at many outreach events, community fairs and even fundraisers! I especially have a passion for working with children and I aspire to one day reach my goal of becoming a Special Education teacher so that I can give back to young ones with disabilities. This summer I have the privilege of taking the next step on that path by becoming a YO! Volunteer and working with the Summer Bridge Youth Program at my ILC. I am so excited!

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

My name is Emily, I'm nineteen years old and I'm in my first year of college. I'm eager to start a career in social services or disability advocacy once I complete my Bachelor's Degree in Human Services. This is my first year with the YO! organization and I'm excited to get started. Some of my hobbies include going to concerts and reading in my spare time.

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Youth Volunteer Corps Emily Dayle McIntosh Center – Garden Grove, CA

Hello I am Jacquelyn. I joined YO! Disabled and Proud because I wanted to learn more about other people with disabilities. I also want to learn more about how to use computers; they are so important in everyday life. Especially, when it comes to finding jobs and being able to work in an office, which is my dream. In my free time I like to go to the movies and to my gym. I used to participate in the Special Olympics. By the end of my volunteer year, I want to become an advocate for myself and my disabled peers.

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

Hi! My name is Brian and I'm a transgender male; my pronouns are he/him. I heard about YO! when I attended the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in August of 2017. Since YLF my passion for advocating and bringing awareness to the disabled community has been a drive that motivates me. I'm a huge animal lover, especially dogs! I also dabble in both writing and photography. It's a pleasure to meet you!

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

Hi my name is Katherine. I have been attending Woodland Community College to hope fully transfer to UC Davis for animal science. I found out in first grade that I had Dyslexia and since then have been slowly understand how it can be useful and not a problem. I joined YO! to be a part of group that understands the struggle kids and adults go through everyday with disabilities. Growing up with people that don't understand kids with learning disabilities has been hard and frustrating, so I want to try and make a difference with learning disabilities.

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

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