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IDAHO DRUG-FREE YOUTH INC
September 21, 2011

Idaho Drug Free Youth. This organization is a miracle in and of itself. It provides an open road to opportunity for everyone who reaches their hand out for help or who looks deeper into the program. On top of the outstanding leadership development and networking opportunities that everyone is exposed to everyday.

IDFY has without a doubt, changed my life forever. When I was in Junior High (the teenage transition)...I was literally the most shy person in my entire school; most likely one of the top hermits in the community/county as a matter of fact. Basically 'zero' friends. Yet, one of my only friends at the time insisted that I attend this meeting for a substance-free living group called 'insomnia outbreak.'

Upon attending the first official meeting, I was struck with fascination. My curiosity was radiant and I had this little voice telling me, "There's more Andrew, there's actually more to this life!" That meeting alone prevented my thoughts at the time. Suicide. Now, I don't mean to write that to freak anyone out, because there's a light at the end of this dark tunnel.

Long story short, I was later invited to attend this event called the "Idaho Youth Summit." Now, I had no idea what to make of it...frankly, I had no intent on attending, but at the beginning of being a member for this group, my benefit was to get to attend events for free. Therefore, I went...not knowing what was in store for me. I'll save you the emotional rambling and tell you this...because of this spectacular organization, I'm alive.

This program has saved my life and saved the lives of SO many others. I no longer focus on the benefit of getting free admission to events/activities; I focus on the benefit of helping others, making a difference in the world, changing lives one idea at a time. I believe that there's a potential for everyone...an extraordinary potential that we can all tap into and evoke the most sincere compassion, the most meaningful acts of kindness...I believe that we can change the world.

"Be the change you have been waiting for." ~ Well my friends...Idaho Drug Free Youth IS the change we have been waiting for.

With much love and warm regards,
Andrew Charles (aka Super Cow)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced what this organization can do first hand. I have had the honor of meeting some of the most unique youth and adults in the state of Idaho and I can promise you, some of the most passionate in this country or on the globe. I've had the pleasure to witness others transform from shelled up teens into passionate, exuberant, expressive youth.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publicize this program on a higher level. TV advertisements, billboards, more statewide events, more participation in national events (even taking it international). Creating a talk show or short series on MTV much like The Buried Life or If You Really Knew Me.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I do volunteerism every week, every month, every year...all my life. I was on the first Youth Advisory Board for the program and through that experience assisted in the creation of the "Teen Resources" tab on the website as well as do my best to help the .