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As a teenager filling out my first job application for ZYEP, I thought it would be a fun way to spend my summer. Little did I know at the time that the experiences I would have with ZYEP would shape the person I am today.

ZYEP has impacted my life through countless ways from helping me lead to helping me pursue my educational goals. ZYEP gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and to help serve others.

Where It All Started

The foundation of my educational career started at ZYEP. During the counselor retreats, we would have discussions about what we wanted to accomplish in life. I found that at this pivotal time in my life, I was instilled with the confidence that I could accomplish my goals from the feedback from group leaders.

As I continued to pursue my educational goals, I have received recommendation letters, inspiration, and  mentorship from staff /community members who were a part of ZYEP.  All of which were valuable in obtaining my bachelors degree in Exercise Science.

As I take a look back on how ZYEP has helped me grow, I am very grateful for all the experiences and opportunities I had while being a part of ZYEP.  More recently I shared my experiences with ZYEP in applications and interviews and it has contributed to a new opportunity in working toward a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I am very appreciative of all the leaders, campers, community members and counselors who are involved with ZYEP without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you!


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