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

My name is Emily Leach, 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 California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA

Hi there! My name is Jon Drennan, and I am the YO Volunteer at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. I am working towards my Masters in Social Work at San Jose State University. I also work part-time at the San Andreas Regional Center and the City of San Jose. My goal is to help youth with disabilities reach their full potential.

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

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 Jose California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA

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