February 1, 2017

FLEX Student of the Month – January 2017


Boy in a red coat sitting to the left of an older man wearing denim Yurik (left) collecting recycling
Yurik Yolyan, a World Link-placed, Future Leaders Exchange student from Armenia, has taken every opportunity to be involved in his US community. Yurik has amassed 145 hours of community service to date! His work thus far includes stocking shelves for the food pantry, cleaning a women’s shelter, collecting recycling with the Civic Club, assisting the Kiwanis Club at Trivia nights, serving food at the community cook-off, playing Santa’s Helper, decorating the downtown holiday market, and daily volunteering at the school nurses office. Yurik has acquired a reputation as a reliable and hard-working volunteer, and has been personally called back by the food bank when they need help.
On one occasion, having spent the day volunteering at the city marathon, Yurik stopped on his way home at the city car show to see if they needed volunteers there. They did! And he worked in a booth that was raising money for a water tower. Later, the organizers sent him a thank you letter.
Yurik has also been active in his school with Key Club, Debate, and Model UN (MUN). During his time in MUN, Yurik attended a two-day simulation discussing the Syrian refugee crisis while representing Iran. Yurik also helps prepare for MUN meetings and events, and has recruited more students to join. 
According to those who know him “volunteering has become a part of Yurik. It has become his passion and his drive in his journey to become the best leader he can be.”
Congratulations, Yurik!
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