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Youth Spotlight - Eric Zhu

What is your school and grade? Also, how long have you been involved with H4H?

I am a senior at Oak Ridge High School. I have been a part of Hands4Hope for two years now..

Why did you join Hands4Hope?

I joined Hands4Hope because I wanted to get more involved in the community and do more community service. I had volunteered previously at Hands4Hope coordinated events and everyone seemed ambitious and kind; it was a community I wanted to be a part of.

How has Hands4Hope helped you in life?

Hands4Hope has taught me to be more open and outgoing at school, and helped me develop more confidence in my leadership abilities. At school, I have been productive and communicative thanks to the skills Hands4Hope has helped me develop.

What has your experience been like since joining?

My experience with Hands4Hope has been great. Everyone is helpful and caring. I am a part of the Hands4Hope MAPS Committee (Hands4Hope partnership with Montessori Autism Programs and Services in El Dorado Hills) and the Hands4Hope Executive Youth Board. I chose the MAPS committee because I had already volunteered at MAPS previously and really enjoyed working with the people there.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experiences with Hands4Hope?

Hands4Hope has helped me develop into a better person, and has helped me meet wonderful people I would never have met otherwise. I am extremely glad I joined the organization and encourage others to do so as well.

How has having Hands4Hope at your school made a difference?

One of my most memorable experiences with Hands4Hope was conquering the high ropes course at leadership camp. With the support and encouragement of my Hands4Hope peers, I was able to overcome a mental block successfully.

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