IDAHO DRUG-FREE YOUTH INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 610 W Hubbard St Ste 123 Coeur D Alene ID 83814 USA

Mission: Idaho Drug Free Youth’s mission is to eliminate alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among Idaho’s youth.
Target demographics: Idaho Students in grades 6-12
Geographic areas served: Idaho
Programs: Idaho Drug Free Youth Chapters Idaho Youth Summit IDFY Leadership Retreat i2i Underage Drinking Prevention Program VOICE: Student to Student Mentoring Program

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Idfy has been a part of my life since I was in the 7th grade. Since then they have slowly worked hundreds of other wonderful people into my life. All of whom have impacted my life in someway. I am now a freshman in college and am still a big part of IDFY. They have helped so many young lives live healthy drug free lives and have helped me in such a way I wouldnt know how to thank them. They have helped me grow into the bright young leader I am today. If it werent for them, I may have ended up an alcoholic or drug addict because of family issues, but because of IDFY I am a healty 18 year old college student working toward my teaching degree to help better more of our youths lives. IDFY is not all about being drug free. Its much more. Its life-changing, impactful, and probieds a promising, positive safe-haven for any youth of Idaho. IDFY helps youth be themselves, also become better leaders of their future, and to shine! Everybody has their own story, and IDFY gives us a place to share them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our oldest daughter was contacted through her middle school about attending Idaho Youth Summit, a summer camp for Idaho Drug Free Youth. As parents, we were very skeptical, and very cautious, as we didn't know anything about the organization. After looking into IDFY, we somewhat nervously allowed her to attend the 4 day camp, wondering if we had made the right choice. Seven years later, we realize that it was one of the best choices that we have ever made for our children. Since then, we have had two additional children who have attended the camp (the older two have both been youth staff) and it continues to be an exceptional experience for them. Each summer when they come home, they return with stronger personal conviction to stay drug free, more personal heroes that they have met at camp, and with stronger self confidence. They realize that they are not alone in fighting the battle over drug/alcohol/substance abuse. They have seen first hand the consequences of addiction as key note speakers present their stories. They participate in funfilled "character building" activities that have helped them to deal with those awkward teenage moments. They have returned to their schools and actively participated in the local IDFY Club, trying to spread its influence to other peers. With all the battles that parents face raising children in this world, it is wonderful to have the the staff and members of IDFY on our side to help keep our kids DRUG FREE! Thank you IDFY, you have our support! If we could give you more than a 5 star rating, we would, you deserve it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the possitive changes in my children. The self confidence, the "I'm not alone" in drug prevention, the character building, the lasting friendships with others outside of our small community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am so impressed with the results that I don't know what if anything I would change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

My daughter was invited to attend on "scholarship" when she was in middle school. Been a supporter since!!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started with IDFY on their board of directors back in 2007 and find this organization to be the single most inspiring and beneficial group for young people. The Idaho Drug Free Youth Summit is a must-attend and so worth it to expose middle school and high school kids at every level and walk of life. I have two siblings who struggled with substance abuse most of their lives and this program was instrumental in helping me reflect, learn and grow from that impact. I defy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my every day life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it nationwide!

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Thanks Rebecca for your great feedback and your service to IDFY. You are key player to the success of the program.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been both a participant and a volunteer for IDFY for a total of 9 years. I am currently a graduate student of Social Work, and IDFY prepared me for this program in so many ways. It taught me leadership skills, within both large and small groups, as well as creative thinking for activities and group planning and facilitating.

IDFY is a powerful program that impacts both the teenagers that it works with and the adults who give their time to be a volunteer. It teaches connectivity and compassion towards others; IDFY also celebrates our differences.

IDFY is a great program for promoting drug and alcohol free practices within teenagers. But this program doesn't stop there. It seeks to reach not only teenagers, but teachers, parents, and other adults in the community to help with the mission of eradicating drug and alcohol use and abuse among teenagers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. I have gained leadership skills, attentive listening skills, and skills for connecting with teenagers and clients in general, all which have helped me in my studies of Social Work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see it be able to reach more communities. It is often limited by funding, and I believe it could do so much more good if it were able to reach farther into more communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been apart of this LIFE CHANGING organization since I was in the sixth grade! Now I might not have had much to do with it back them, but as I went to more meeting and got to know more and more people I realized that I loved this place that I was at in my life. Having IDFY in my life helped me become a leader I would have never become! It broke me out of my shell and showed me that no matter what I am doing as long as I am doing it for the good I can help to change peoples lives! Being a part of IDFY to me wasn't just another club from school I was in, and going to the events wasn't just another school thing I was going to it was part of me! They made me feel welcome and loved and I grew to not just appreciate that it was there, but to love that I could have those people around to just talk to and help me get through things. I didn't have a problem telling people no to things like drugs. IDFY helped me to realize that drugs where such a small problem in my life, but for others it was hard for them to get a way form them. They changed me from a person that tried and did any thing just to fit in to a person that made friends because they like who I was as a person, or they loved that I was there for them. I can truly say that all the members of IDFY are my family. From the kids that are just joining to the board of IDFY that helps us make all of this happen! If it weren't for IDFY I truly think that I would have been in jail for the rest of my life because I had the friends to get drugs from and the friends that would or asked me to do them. Other teenagers might say that sports helped them or their parents helped them, but I say IDFY helped me and this place is one place that I love to call home even though I can't live with every person that is part of it, I would love to!

SURPRISE IDFY! I LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that I have touched a drug since I got avidly involved, and the fact that it made me the leader I am today!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In all honesty I think that this organization and it's growing community is perfect just the way they are!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have literally watched and experience the life-saving and life-changing experience that Idaho Drug Free Youth offers so graciously. I have done work with countless non-profits; none are as successful, organized, fun, or genuine as IDFY.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...every aspect of happiness in this gift of life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger and fund it much better.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

The greatest motivator for continued altruism I have ever experienced.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

As though I honestly have never had it so good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Thank you Chris for your time, dedication, and passion for our mission. We are so thankful for people like you and the feedback you provide.

Rating: 5 stars  

IDFY helps develop leadership, friendships and positive peer influence! I know this first hand as a mother of two IDFY students. I was so impressed with the program and positive impact IDFY has on the youth that particpate, that three years ago I volunteered to become a chaper advisor..

IDFY is the best! If you are a youth, get connected with your local chapter. If you are an adult that works with youth and/or are a parent, find your local chapter. If you don't have a local chapter, START ONE at your school!

Thank you IDFY for making a difference for the youth in Idaho!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen first-hand how this program transforms youth. Many youth that join IDFY are not in sports or other clubs. They are students that choose to be drug free. The IDFY program gives all students a chance to develop leadership skills, build confidence, create positive relationships and guides them in making good choices around the topic of substance abuse.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure every school in Idaho had a chapter!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I went to IDFY for the first time 5 years ago as a shy, scared little 7th grader. I had very little self confidence and was scared to death of large people or making a fool of myself. IDFY has helped me become more concrete in my decision to stay drug and substance free and has also made me a more self confident young woman. IDFY has helped me realize that people love me for who I am, and that I, even though I am just one person, that I have the potential to change the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My club is more active; there are more students who are willing to make the decision to be drug and substance free and we have a support group to help it stay this way. I am more self confident, and I know I can make a difference in this life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to make money the least of our concerns.

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Thank you Mahrika for your excellent feedback! Your time and dedication to the program is what makes it so extraordinary.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Idaho Drug Free youth does a ton to build self esteem in young people around being drug and alcohol free, and promotes healthy living, and unity in communities. IDFY is the most amazing nonprofit in Idaho that serves youth and can do the most good with every dollar donated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every time I attend I learn new facts about drugs and alcohol and get inspired to be a community leader and help others to stay drug and alcohol free.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a ton of money so they can do more conferences and be able to serve more people, and hire more full time professionals to make the work spread across the state.

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Thank You Marco for your feedback! We are so appreciative of your support and dedication to the program! It would not be as impactful without volunteers like you!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Idaho Drug Free Youth. This organization is a miracle in and of itself. It provides an open road to opportunity for everyone who reaches their hand out for help or who looks deeper into the program. On top of the outstanding leadership development and networking opportunities that everyone is exposed to everyday.

IDFY has without a doubt, changed my life forever. When I was in Junior High (the teenage transition)...I was literally the most shy person in my entire school; most likely one of the top hermits in the community/county as a matter of fact. Basically 'zero' friends. Yet, one of my only friends at the time insisted that I attend this meeting for a substance-free living group called 'insomnia outbreak.'

Upon attending the first official meeting, I was struck with fascination. My curiosity was radiant and I had this little voice telling me, "There's more Andrew, there's actually more to this life!" That meeting alone prevented my thoughts at the time. Suicide. Now, I don't mean to write that to freak anyone out, because there's a light at the end of this dark tunnel.

Long story short, I was later invited to attend this event called the "Idaho Youth Summit." Now, I had no idea what to make of it...frankly, I had no intent on attending, but at the beginning of being a member for this group, my benefit was to get to attend events for free. Therefore, I went...not knowing what was in store for me. I'll save you the emotional rambling and tell you this...because of this spectacular organization, I'm alive.

This program has saved my life and saved the lives of SO many others. I no longer focus on the benefit of getting free admission to events/activities; I focus on the benefit of helping others, making a difference in the world, changing lives one idea at a time. I believe that there's a potential for everyone...an extraordinary potential that we can all tap into and evoke the most sincere compassion, the most meaningful acts of kindness...I believe that we can change the world.

"Be the change you have been waiting for." ~ Well my friends...Idaho Drug Free Youth IS the change we have been waiting for.

With much love and warm regards,
Andrew Charles (aka Super Cow)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced what this organization can do first hand. I have had the honor of meeting some of the most unique youth and adults in the state of Idaho and I can promise you, some of the most passionate in this country or on the globe. I've had the pleasure to witness others transform from shelled up teens into passionate, exuberant, expressive youth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publicize this program on a higher level. TV advertisements, billboards, more statewide events, more participation in national events (even taking it international). Creating a talk show or short series on MTV much like The Buried Life or If You Really Knew Me.

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Thank You Andrew for all that you have done for IDFY--including writing this excellent review! Your support is appreciated!