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Joplin student preparing for trip to Canada as a Youth Ambassador

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A sixth grade student at Joplin's East Middle School is preparing for a summer trip to Canada as a Youth Ambassador for the United States.

Eleven year old Logan Yates was nominated and selected to travel with People to People, an organization created by President Eisenhower to promote world peace through youth as ambassadors.

His group will spend 12 days in Canada on an educational adventure.  Logan will glacier hike, whale watch and even spend the night in a teepee on a reservation.

He's working hard to raise the funds for the trip, which comes at a cost of $4,500.  Nominated by a teacher, Logan says it's not simply a sight seeing trip.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and it's an educational trip of a lifetime and I can learn about different cultures and a different country and we'll have a lot of fun," says Logan.

"The people that I've talked to that have gone that were at the meeting they say their children come back more responsible," says Heather Yates, Logan's mom.  "They come back a little more grownup because they've kind of been on their own for 12 days, have to make sure that they're where they're supposed to be and he's going to see the world.  Who doesn't want to do that?"

Logan's mom works at McCallisters which is having Thursday's be "Logan's Night" - He gets tips and 10% of sales.  He'll also be selling a customer card for Qdoba, getting 90% of proceeds.

But Logan is still in need of sponsors.

His family has set up a Facebook page - Canada Bound 2013 - where people can follow Logan's  journey that begins June 13 if he can get the funds he needs.

Those interested in donating can contact the Yates family via email at hyates@cableone.net

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