All 5 of my children have volunteered at YC over the years. YC provides an incredible experience for the participants as well as the volunteers. It fosters empathy, resilience and kindness. Not to mention, YC is a well-run organization.
Youth Challenge is a great place for high schoolers to interact with other kids with disabilities. They realize that all kids are the same -- and they can be friends! The kids with disabilities also get a "normal" childhood experience -- they get to go to after-school activities and participate in fun events with other kids their age. What a great learning experience for both!
I've been involved with YC for 7 years now and it's the most innovative and impactful program for kids I've ever been a part of. I cannot wait to see what the next few years holds for YC and the wonderful participants and volunteers.
A story of a young woman forty years ago who had a heart to help disabled children. Because of her love, faith and determination, she has given many children the ability to meet, compete and enjoy friendships like all children love to do.
She encouraged children to give of their time to volunteer after school and on Saturdays, on a one to one basis, help the children of Youth Challenge, do many activities that they would not normally be able to do...
I have been involved for thirty years and have watched the organization grow and offer services to all children in the Cleveland area. As a parent of four healthy children, I can only imagine what this means to any parent who has a child that is home bound because of a physical disability. If I could count the laughter and smiles of these children, it would look like the stars in the sky on a clear night!
The staff is loving and giving to these children and if you would visit, you would feel the caring that everyone at Youth Challenge gives to each child.
Youth Challenge also has an amazing ability to make each and every dollar count, I am impressed at the number of programs they are able to fund each and every week on their budget. They work had to make every dollar count.
Youth Challenge also makes their volunteers and donors feel like they are very special.. they realize how important it is to say thank you to their donors.
I am honored to say, Youth Challenge is a five star organization.... Thank you , Karen Strang
As a parent of a physical special needs teenager I'm very thankful for what Youth Challenge has done for my son.
Youth Challenge has given him friends and a place to go to and feel independent. Youth Challenge has also taught social skills, Community skills and giving back to the community as well. Thank you is not enough to say ."Way to go YC."
Youth Challenge provides a fun environment that benefits both the challenged participant as well as the teenage volunteers. Adapting various sports and activities for the participants allows them to actively participate in programs that they otherwise would not be able to do. The teenage volunteers learn to give of themselves and see how others adapt to life's challenges.
I have been involved in the organization for 20 plus years. I gravitated to Youth Challenge because I had a brother with muscular dystrophy who loved sports and would have enjoyed participating in an organization that provided adaptive sports and recreational activities to children with disabilities.
YC is simply terrific. To merge young emerging youths with children their own age who have with physical disabilities and watch 1+1 become 4 is amazing. Very unique, very simply and the healing on both parties very special. I have been involved for 15 years and it is till extremely important to me see the organization, grow, thrive and touch more people.
I am a member of Youth Professionals for Youth Challenge, a volunteer committee of young professionals that assists Youth Challenge with various fundraising and marketing campaigns. It is a pleasure to watch Youth Challenge operate from my vantage point, enriching the lives of so many -- participants and volunteers alike. I hope to be involved with Youth Challenge for many years to come.
YC is an amazing organization! The individuals that make YC a possibility are kind and have a true passion for what they do.
Youth challenge (YC) has given me a life I could never have imagined. YC has made me more outgoing, independent, believe in myself and has given me an outlet for creativity. The YC staff encouraged me to step out my comfort zone and try running track. I tried it and fell in love with it. Since, I began running I have ran 8 5Ks, a dream I had for a long time. YC has made a huge impact to my life, I know I can be myself, feel accepted, and be a role model for younger participants.
I've been a participant with YC for years and years and let me tell you it's amazing!! Everyone is truly like family there and the activities are so fun! I feel like I learn something new every time I go, whether the lesson be from the activity I'm doing or from the people I'm interacting with. Youth Challenge is truly a unique, important, and invaluable organization!
My Experiences with youth challenge were wonderful, the memories I have of YC can't really be expressed by words, what I can truly say is I love everyone that I met when I was there - and to also say that they will always have a place in my heart. Love you all Chaz.E Martin.
My experience at YC was a positive one I have been doing YC ever since I was four or five years old.
I love it. I enjoy going to whatever program it is every time and it's always fun. I've made so may friends and I know those friendships will last forever.
I have been involved with YC since 2002. Since that time,I have been able to make many new friends(participant and volunteer) and try many new things(like sports my mom would've never let me try otherwise.)I was apart of the Christmas show for Dance and Drama,and I would never have had the confidence to try out for my school play. At YC, I golf,I boat,I ski,I run,I play baseball,I skate,I swim,and many other activities I can't even fit into my scedule! Just about every day they have SOMETHING going on! I have no reservations about the organization itself. Sure, there were times I was too busy for programs,and some volunteers seemed more experienced than others, but overall, it'd be wrong to complain about such a blessing,especially since these things are never their fault. Speaking as a teenager with a mild disability,participating in activities has become a real self-esteem booster. I am no longer the needy one needing the most attention and help,I am just like a regular kid! YC has made me proud and thankful of who I am. Everyone makes you feel welcome not in a cheesy, but a very genuine way! If you are interested in any way in getting involved with this organization, we would love to have you! I hope to stay involved for many years to come. Everyone's a winner at YC!:) Thank you so much YC!!
At one point YC was my life. I lived for it. Youth Challenge gave me the opportunity to do so many different things and meet a ton of really neat people. I would HIGHLY recommend this program for any participant. I would even go to recommend it for volunteers- with a fair warning. DO NOT GET TOO INVOLVED (which can be hard to do when you're having fun and making friends left and right). YC will break your heart after it steals your soul. YC will pick out those volunteers that go FAR above and beyond what needs to be done and make false [job] promises and suck you for everything (time, money, ideas, anything). I know this is a pattern. I was one of these volunteers(at my peak I went to nearly every program- lots of the younger volunteers thought I was staff, I was top volunteer for years), I know for a fact it happened to volunteers before and after me. I am not bitter- I just hate knowing that volunteers are being put in this situation. Once again GREAT organization- but be careful as a volunteer... :(
Youth Challenge continues to provide an excellent service for children to come together with disabilities and help them with sports and other programs.