TRIO Youth Circle

YOUTH - Youthful Organs United To Help


Welcome to the TRIO Youth Circle – A never ending support system for you and your family

MISSION

TRIO Youth Circle is committed to empowering people, especially younger people, to never lose hope, and improving the quality of lives touched by the miracle of transplantation through support, advocacy, education, and awareness across the youth community.

VISION

As a part of TRIO's international organization, to be recognized and respected on a national level as the leading voice of youth affected by transplantation.

MARKET

Provide support to young transplant candidates, recipients, donors, and their families.


RESOURCES


Our goals for the TRIO Youth Circle are:

  • Form a virtual TRIO Youth Chapter
  • Write a youth column for the TRIO LifeLines Newsletter
  • Create a TRIO Youth Facebook page
  • Promote particpation in TRIO scholarships for youth
  • Develop support services for transplant youth of all ages

We have the following volunteer roles available:

  • TRIO Youth Chapter Coordinator
  • TRIO Youth Chapter Co-Coordinator

TRIO Youth Chapter Members to partake in over the phone meetings/support groups

Submit ideas that you would like to read in the youth column for TRIO LifeLines Newsletter

Our hope for TRIO's Youth Circle is to form a fun and compassionate group of young people that can share their stories, ideas, and have an organization to turn to and know that they are not alone. If you have any questions and or you are interested in joining this exciting new group, please contact TRIO Youth Circle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A note from our past Youth Circle Coordinator, Mary Wu:

As a two-time kidney transplant recipient who had my first transplant at age 6 and my second transplant at age 12, both my family and I are all too familiar with the health challenges that a child and then teenager must face and overcome and, yet, there is so much more to us as individuals rather than only an illness. It has been 16 years (and counting!!) since my second kidney transplant and I am very actively involved in educating the public on the power of organ and tissue donation through public speaking, volunteer work, and my passion and work in writing.

My mission for TRIO Youth Circle is to provide ongoing information, inspiration, and support to young transplant recipients and candidates and their family members/caregivers. It is important that young transplant recipients/candidates and their caregivers to know that they are not alone and that TRIO Youth Circle is an outlet of support. Above all else, TRIO Youth Circle is not above "ME," but it is about "WE." "WE" work together as a team to provide all that ongoing support, resources, and inspiration above and beyond! It is an honor to serve as TRIO Youth Circle Co-Captain and I always welcome and am excited to hear all about you and your views, so please feel free to reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 917-968-8856 or check out my book blog "Confessions or a Kidney Transplant Recipient" at http://kidneyconfessions.blogspot.com. Let us rock and roll in making the TRIO Youth Circle the best out there from the best in all of us together as a team!!

Thank you so much for visiting our TRIO youth page!

As we create a new leadership structure, to be known as the TRIO Youth Circle Council, see some current and past leaders and their stories below:

Emmalyn Brown

Emmalyn Brown

My organ donation story began in March 2007 when I was just a 9-year-old. The day my story began, I felt fine and...

Regina McGuire

Regina McGuire

My name is Regina McGuire and I am seventeen years old. At age six, I was diagnosed with severe Aplastic Anemia. This...

Terri Lynn

Terri Lynn

 was born and diagnosed at age two with Tyrosinemia, a very rare metabolic disease where the liver doesn't have...

Gabrielle Archangelo

Gabrielle Archangelo

My name is Gabrielle Archangelo I am 20 years old and I am a liver transplant recipient. A few months after I was...

Mary Wu

Mary Wu

It began with at least a 104 fever and being rushed to the emergency room at age 3.  The diagnosis was...

Holly  Werlein

Holly Werlein

I never thought in a million years that I would go through something like this. My story isn't like most peoples who...

Valen Elizabeth Keefer

Valen Elizabeth Keefer

A STORY OF HOPE: A LIFE OF TRIUMPH by Valen (Cover) Keefer From birth, Valen Keefer has faced a challenging medical...

Bill Coon

Bill Coon

In 1989, Bill Coon was born with a congenital heart defect. That year, he became the fourth infant heart transplant...

Julie Bonn

Julie Bonn

Julie had a liver transplant in October of 2000 at the ripe age of 12 after a diagnosis of Acute Liver Failure. ...

Josh Morrison

Josh Morrison

My decision to donate my kidney to a stranger came bit by bit and not all at once. When I was in college, I readabout...

Muran Veniszee

Muran Veniszee

(Check out this article about Muran's upcoming trip to the World Transplant Games in So Africa)Murans' journey...