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Making a Difference: Jessica Patron

7:30 AM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Most high school students have many activities they are involved in, from study groups, sports, band and drama, students are actively seeking out a new thrill.

Jessica Patron found hers in volunteering.  

"I take school and I revolve it around my volunteering. That's kind of bad to say, but it is a priority of mine," she said.  

Jessica has re-arranged her hectic college schedule to help others. When she is done with her classes at Cuyahoga Community College, she volunteers at Linking Employment Abilities and Potential.  

LEAP is a non-profit organization specializing in helping people with disabilities learn skils for future jobs. It is an organization that has Jessica honing in on talents she didn't know she had.  

"If I never knew how to approach someone as easy as I do, I don't see how I could get a job," she said.

"Because if I don't know how to speak to someone who is shy in a corner, how could I speak to someone who is directly in front of me?"

Jessica plans on becoming a psychologist.  

She values patience and can relate to the teens she helps because of her own learning disability. As a child, Jessica found out she learns at a slower rate than most students.  

"I fixed the way I learned. I have to study harder than others, but if I really put my mind to it, then anything is possible. Nothing is impossible," she said.  

LEAP's Youth Transition Specialist Erika Rios-Sparks tells us Patron is a volunteer who leads by example.  

"She perseveres, very much throughout the difficult challenges and different difficulties that comes with the disabilities. I can say that she has overcome many of those walls that are in her way," said Sparks.  

If you would like to make a difference in our community, join Channel 3 on National "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday, Oct. 27.

For more information on the projects you can help with, please click here.

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