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Testimonials


“My eight-year-old doesn’t have many present male role models in his life. He has ADHD and has trouble focusing. He began with YDS because he loves to run. It was the change in him away from the training that was most profound. He has become more confident, focused and happier. The transformation has been so remarkable that his physical education teacher came to training so she could learn how the YDS trainers so inspired children."                          

~ Parent of current member, Jani Scandura

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“We were referred by our doctor to help Mason get control of his weight after gaining 23 pounds in 10 months… that stopped and he lost 2 pounds and changed a lot of habits.  Healthier food choices and moving 3 days a week is helping him to be healthier.”

~ Parent of Mason, age 11

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“After years of unsuccessful weight loss efforts, 12 year old obese and pre-diabetic, Michael who is also dyslectic after 12 months of YDS services is no longer pre-diabetic, has increased his reading level two grades and inspired his mother to join the YDS parent program”                

~ Parent/Participant of K4H

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"Each cycle I have learned something new and helpful I am really impressed with the growth that my son has experienced. His goal this cycle was to run for 30 minutes he did it and was very pleased with his achievements, he taken the discipline that he developed through YDS and incorporated the same discipline into school. Currently a 7th grader is reading and writing at a 1st grade level. This year he has improved at least a grade and a half. He has learned that if I work hard and challenge myself I can achieve anything. YDS has help him do so much are the way around."                                                                                                                                              

~ Parent of K4H Participant

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"My focus for Shaughnessy is “loving herself” at whatever size, height, nationality, hair type she is. She does that well we emphasize that as a family of mostly women. There is always something to not like about yourself, my goal with her and all young women love yourself, challenge yourself accept who you are. YDS has help her learn more about what her physical and mental abilities are saga  is good, she has a great attitude she absolutely love this program. I brought my daughter here to learn new ways of eating healthy so that she’d start a new tradition to pass on to her children and grandchildren."                                                                

~ Parent of Shaughnessy K4H Participant

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"YDS has, changed my life. It made me feel better about who I am. It made me lose a lot of weight over the past 10 weeks. A lot of my clothes fit bigger then when I bought them. It has also encouraged me to try new sports and foods the spring I’m going to try out for track at school." 

~ K4H Participant

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"As parents and participants, dining the program is I see my kids and myself be better shape. More active and motivation to move, More around house and outside working in eating healthier even with young kids sometimes I heard a complaint but when. We talk about being in the program. They recognize that is to continue working in the good habits."                            

~ Parents/Participants of K4H

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"They identify themselves as runners/athletes, which gives them a sense of identity. Their self-esteem is boosted twice a year when they do the mile runs at school and are the fastest kids in their classes (not just the fastest girls, they know they can compete with the boys).  Although my kids probably are not aware of it, one of the most positive impacts I see for them is the sense of diversity and community they have gained. As a Caucasian family in a private school with little diversity, I love that the girls are so comfortable around people who are different racially and really do not even take race into account as they identify who their track friends are.  This has been such a positive impact for our whole family and will continue to be a positive impact on the girls, whether they continue in sports throughout life or not. I will say that to watch Yarden grow more confident in practices and become a stronger runner has been amazing. It has been a nice way for her to differentiate herself from Yasmin."                   

~ Missy Parent of Yarden & Yasmin

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“He has been dedicated to continue with TME/YDS and he is so very proud of being part of the team. He is motivation to get started with his day he volunteers in the community and he mentors young males and he shares his skills he has learned from TME/YDS. I could only believe that his motivation will be so strong and he would not have to second guess himself that he would have much more self-esteem in the areas where he is not confident in. I would like to add that without the Neil & Stacey Klein my son would not have been a participant in TME/YDS, they are wonderful people and I am very grateful to have met them. I will continue our friendship and this is what TME/YDS has done for my family.”                                                   

~ Vanessa Johnson Parent of Matthew Johnson

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“Without YDS, instead of graduating college this year, I probably would be like many of my friends who did not attend college and now facing a limited future.”                                                  

~ Alumni, Kedisha Fortune, graduate from Mississippi State University ’09.

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“TME has had a positive impact in both of my children. My children have been more focused since we made the choice to switch to TME.  I feel that I made a good decision with picking TME for my children's track team.  They have made a lot of new friends and have built great relationships with other kids on the team. I have seen improvement in their running.  They are more disciplined, focused and take it seriously. They train harder and push harder to be better."                                                                                                                                                                

~ Shamarah Jones Parent TME participant

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One year ago, Elizabeth Drake’s son, Evan, 10, was considered obese for his height and age. At 5’3” and 195 lbs, Evan was avoiding all physical activity, eating compulsively and was being teased at school. 
Concerned for her son’s health and well-being, Elizabeth turned to pediatrician Dr. Tonya Bryan a pediatrician at  Park Nicollet in Plymouth, Minn., who referred the middle-school youth to a comprehensive health fitness program for children, ages 7 to 18 years, called Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS), where she is the lead physician responsible for developing the program’s health  and nutrition curriculum. 
“We enrolled immediately,” says Elizabeth Drake who recalls emptying her kitchen cupboards of canned and boxed foods after attending a YDS workshop on nutrition, which encouraged her to begin reading food labels with Evan and incorporating fruits and vegetables in every meal. 
Today, Drake acknowledges that her son has dropped several pants sizes, has improved his eating habits, and has gained self-confidence. “He even tried out for the school football team and made it. That’s something he would never have done before.” 

~ Parent Elizabeth Drake

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I wanted to start off with what a wonderful experience the track team has been for Dontell.  He has made some great friends and role models. I think for the first time in his life he has followed directions, despite not wanting to. He loves track so much he is actually willing to be compliant. I originally looked into the track team for Essyonna, but Dontell begged me to do it. I have never told Dontell he couldn't do something because of his medical condition. I always wanted quality of life versus quantity. Dontell doesn't want to wear his oxygen at track because he doesn't want to be the outsider. With 37% of his lung function lost to lung damage and stenosis, it makes it hard for him to keep up with his bodies oxygen demands.  Dontell has overcome a lot of battles and I wanted to give him a chance to be on the track team.  That being said, last Saturday Dontell became ill after running the 100m.  He fell asleep under the tent and went home early. When he got home his oxygen saturations were 78%.  His oxygen saturations over the weekend slowly improved and the monster Dontell came back. I talked with Dontell about maybe track being to much for him. He got very upset and stated that he really wanted to be part of the team. I told him I would talk to you about having him do field events. If Dontell could do the long jump that he started training in at the beginning of the season I would be so happy.  Any help on the matter is appreciated.

~ Essie Peschong parent of TME Dontell     

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“When we first saw Dr. Bryan…we discovered she was pre-diabetic and had high cholesterol and tired easily.  Since working with YDS, she has changed dramatically…she runs 30 minutes…her confidence has increased drastically…she is teaching her friends and classmates about healthy lifestyles and joined the student wellness council.  After 41/2 months, her pre-diabetic and high cholesterol condition are gone according to Dr. Bryan.” 

~ Parent of Ashley 11 years old 

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"This year we enrolled three of our kids for the purpose of them having something to do to increase their mobility this summer.  Jeremy was a part of Track Minnesota Elite (TME) last year and he had a great summer session.
However, what we got was more success than we could ever imagine.  Our daughter developed lifelong relationships that we know she will forever treasure. The comrade among the teammates is remarkable.  Alexis loss a lot of weight and has developed so much self confidence.  Our son, Justin did not want to join the team, however after just a few short weeks, he too was hooked.  He is excited about running track with his high school in the spring, to share what he has learned, and returning to TME next summer.  All three of the kids made it to National’s this year.  The coaches knew exactly which events to place them in for them to be competitive and successful all summer. An added bonus…Jeremy, who will be a senior this year, has been contacted by three colleges so far, ---Drake, UNC and St. Olaf.  They are all wishing to recruit him to be a part of their track and field program.  He is ecstatic.  While he was prepared to attend the Naval Academy prior to the summer, because of his exposure with TME, he now has options and we could not be more pleased.
TME is a parent’s and child’s “dream comes true”!  Please keep up the great work and dedication to today’s youth.  There is no greater investment than in that of a child."

~ Chris and Sonja Duruji, Parents

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“Without YDS, instead of graduating college this year, I probably would be like many of my friends who did not attend college and now facing a limited future.”                                                

  ~ Alumni, Kedisha Fortune, graduate University of Mississippi ’09.

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“The confidence and inspiration my kids have developed from this program are invaluable. My children now talk all the time about their future and going to college”       

  ~ Indred Alexander, Parent

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"So here's my situation, maybe more than you want to know, my child is adopted.  She is an amazing child who has suffered every kind of abuse you can imagine at the hands of her birth mother and father.  Her courage and resiliency keep me motivated when I'm tired and frustrated with her "special needs".   I have two other adopted daughters whom I share custody of with their other parent.  I did not plan to be a single parent, but life doesn't always go as planned.  It will definitely help me out.  Track is changing her life!  Since beginning the program, my child is more cooperative at home, appears happier, she is doing chores, working on her stretching and push-ups after school - it is a transformation in progress.  I had been looking for a year round running program for over a year when I found your program.  I am so grateful."                                                                          
~ Ms. Kuka, Parent