Team 4, Sierra Leone 2013

Team 4 Urban Youth for Africa

Sierra Leone Bound on July 8, 2013. Returning July 22, 2013

Follow the  teams amazing  adventure on Twitter, face book, and their blogs

 We will try to have photos posted to facebook for you to check out during our journey.

 

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Leonza Hudson

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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!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanell Thomas

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 by is “Success is earned NOT given” which motivates me to set goals and work hard to achieve them.  Stay Inspired! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Laura Jager

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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. And lastly, to have hope, carrying that hope into their schools, families and neighborhoods and world.”

 

Pierre

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Pierre

School: K-Central, senior

 

I hope to learn through UYFA: I hope to gain a better understanding of other cultures and to appreciate the differences and the things we share in common. I hope to make new friends and to help myself and others take hold of opportunities.

Can’t live without:  Music

If I could change the world:  The government would work together to make things better.

What I like about myself:  I am a good communicator and make people feel comfortable.

 

 

 

 

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Imani

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Imani

School: K-Central, senior

 

I hope to learn through UYFA: I hope to make a change in my life and better myself by grabbing hold of my opportunities and stepping out of my comfort zone and interacting with people who are different from me. I desire to learn from others and to make a positive difference no matter big or small.

Can’t live without:  Soccer

If I could change the world:  Everyone would be treated with equality and respect

What I like about myself:  I like to smile and make people happy!

 

 

 

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Yasmine

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Yasmine

School: K-Central, Senior

 

I hope to learn through UYFA: I hope to learn about other cultures and what makes people happy and successful. I hope that I can make a difference in people’s lives here in Kalamazoo and also in Africa. I hope that I can grow more confident and learn to stand up for what I believe.

 

Can’t live without:  My family, my dog, my freedom

If I could change the world:  There would be no hatred or violence- only Peace

What I like about myself:  I put my all in my relationships and friendships.

 

 

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Chason

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Chason

School: K- Central, Junior

 

I hope to learn through UYFA: I hope through the year and our time in Africa I learn to appreciate the things I have more, and value my many opportunities. I also want to learn about other cultures and especially spend time in Africa with students my own age and learn what their life is like.

 

Can’t live without:  Music

If I could change the world:  I would change how people from different backgrounds treat each other. Instead of suspicion,  they would listen and respect each other.

What I like about myself:  I think I am funny.

 

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Jordan

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Jordan

School: K-Central, Junior

 

I hope to learn through UYFA: I hope that through my time with Urban Youth I can become more purposeful and set goals. I want to take advantage of my opportunities and be the best I can be. I also want to better appreciate what it   really means to struggle and to not be defeated by it, like the people we will be working with in Africa.

 

Can’t live without: Music

 

If you could change the world: The way             governments work together.

 

What I like about myself: My confidence and caring Nature

 

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