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KOREAN AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES
September 12, 2009

When I look back as a YCPT leader from the first time I came to YCPT until now, I still can't believe how much we've grown. I have to admit that at first I wasn't too impressed. It was a small group without much of a claim to fame in the community. I had thought it would be just a regular community serivce group with nothing special. But was I wrong. YCPT exceeded my initial expectations. At first, I joined because I needed community service hours and my mom had found YCPT in the korean newspaper. I thought, "Okay, so I guess I'll go. " I was welcomed with a first day party along with other new members. During an icebreaker game, I was asked what my expectations were from YCPT. I honestly answered that I never really thought about it. (At the time, I really didn't think that far ahead.)It was awkward in the beginning. I was surrounded by new people and felt overwhelmed. Yet at the same time, I kept coming back to the weekly team meetings. Before I knew it, I was gradually participating and talking to other members of YCPT. I actually got used to the YCPT people quickly, which doesn't happen normally when I'm stuck with a bunch of new people. Something about the group drew me into it. Soon I made friends and found myself taking an active voice in our team meetings. (Usually, I sit back and just hope to slip by.) By joining YCPT, my social skills have improved. I don't find talking to new people as weird as I would've felt before. Eventually, I became a leader. Being a leader has been a lot of work. The projects we do aren't easy. Some have required long hours into the night! On top of that, the other leaders and I had the responsibility of leading our team. It's tough especailly for me because I'm infamous for being a push-over. (My friends always say that I'm too nice.) Until now, I'm working on developing leadership skills without being harsh. (Yes, I'm slowly getting there.) But I couldn't have gotten far without my YCPT friends and YCPT coordinator, Marie. Marie has always welcomed me since the welcome party. She always made sure that I wasn't alone in corner and helped me to open up. Marie created many chances for me to become more outgoing and less tense. She encourages me and the team to talk to each other and have fun. I feel like she understands the youth. Marie knows how to make a comfortable, cozy environment. She has a lot of patience with us and knows how to be fair. She works with us and adds fun to the work. Marie is definitely a person who has made a positive impact on my life. I'd say that she's the best coordinator! My YCPT friends are a quirky group. I can't describe them with one word. They're a lot of different things. But, they are NOT boring. I've met people from other parts of Queens, Long Island, Upstate New York, and New Jersey!My YCPT friends are awesome and fun to be around. Weekly meetings are never dull as a result. Each friend has brought something new to my life. Everything from their tastes in music to new foods to amazingly random stuff came into my life. I love how each of them have original personalities that I'd never encountered before. Other than my school friends, I consider my YCPT friends as my 'second family'. Besides building a community within our group, YCPT has done numerous hands-on projects that get everyone involved. We've helped our community through fundraising and doing various activities. We had done things from coffeehouses to sorting through baby toys. It's a lot of fun and hard work. The projects are very time-consuming. By the end of the day, we get everything done. YCPT is a group that I recommend to anyone who wants to meet awesome new people and get service hours. It can be intimidating at first, but you'll open up to YCPT. It can catch you by surprise.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meetng so many new people in one place. it can be hard to make new friends, but ycpt makes it less challenging to make friends. the projects bring us closer together. the environment is friendly and comfortable. ycpt has amazingly fun people. i love it

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I participated in two coffeehouse fundraisers and collaborative projects with the NYC Cares agency.