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Leonza Hudson

»Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in 2012-2013 Senegal, Leaders | 0 comments

Leonza Hudson

Job: RN, Family Health Center;  volunteers with Red Cross;  recently served Hurricane Sandy victims. Father of 5; Major, U.S. Army (retired) Education: B.S. and Masters (WMU); Registered Nurse.   “My many varied life experiences and opportunities serving has blessed me immensely and made me want to give back and invest in today’s youth while I still feel young at heart myself!  I am eager to encourage the students to step out of their comfort zone and believe in themselves, seizing their opportunities!  I desire  to share with others my many blessings, experience and learn from different cultures and watch our students’ lives change for good!”                ...

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Tanell Thomas

»Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in 2012-2013 Senegal, Leaders | 0 comments

Tanell Thomas

Job: Family Health Center; National Guard (7 years) including duty in Afghanistan Schooling: Master’s student in Public Administration (WMU)   “I want to serve and lead youth that are from my urban background to strive for excellence and become leaders. My testimony and the experiences of my life can provide hope and direction to others that they can succeed and overcome struggles and hardship. I have been impacted so positively by others investing into my life I want to do the same.   I dream of opening a Drug Rehabilitation Center in an Urban Community.”              ...

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Alvin Hills

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Alvin Hills

Job: Lead Direct Care Specialist of a local Group Home Education:  B.A. – Business Administration (WMU); Master’s student in Counseling/ Psychology (WMU)   “I  would like to work directly with youth to prepare them for what the world has to offer. Growing up without a positive role model has shown me the terrible cost and struggle that our youth endure daily. I want to be a positive, reliable, and encouraging resource for youth. UYFA is an amazing program that works on character development, leadership skills, and teaching young people to be servants as well.”   My dream is to open a residential home for kids in foster care, become an outstanding youth and corporate therapist, and ultimately earn my Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. A quote I live...

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Justin Moore

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Justin Moore

Job: Counseling, assessments, behavioral intervention and planning with at risk teens. Education: PhD student in Clinical Psychology (WMU)  “I am passionate about working with and mentoring today’s youth. The UYFA program captivates me because it can facilitate a life changing perspective that increases the teens desire to maximize their opportunities. UYFA incorporates service and leadership development with the added benefit of opening their eyes to a global perspective in their world.   My dream is to open a developmental Center for youth that will allow teens opportunities to expand their mind and increase learning, to build on their strengths and network each teen with mentors to help make them successful to be leaders and servants in their community.      ...

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Laura Jager

»Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in 2012-2013 Senegal, Leaders | 0 comments

Laura Jager

Job: Director, Urban Youth for Africa. Education: Attended Calvin College.  Laura has been the fund developer for Urban Youth for Africa since its  inception.  Now, she also oversees the planning and implementation of the       program.  Laura has served  the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference as board member,  church liaison, fund developer and ambassador of the poor.   “I believe urban teens today face a huge challenge of listening to positive, empowering voices. They are pulled in many different directions and often focus their attention on what is absent or lacking in their own life; hopelessness can fill in. UYFA is a positive voice that directs teens to build on their strengths, learn from others, rise above their struggles and    celebrate their accomplishments....

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