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July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

The Inspire USA Foundation created ReachOut.Com as a means to let people find a hub full of inspiration and other ways to get through tough times. I believe in this group so much that I first began volunteering and then ultimately became a Council Member.

ReachOut.com is really great at
getting relevant and accurate information on ways to help others get through tough times, making it easy for me (and others) to get to that helpful online information, and is constantly updating fact sheets so that their materials are always relevant to meet my needs.

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

I access the Inspire USA Foundation/ReachOut website to help my peers and colleagues out when they are going through really difficult times. I draw on the information on their website for inspiration on what to say and how to help others get through stuff.

Ways to make it better...

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

Eventually, I would hope that this organization will gain the facilities to have regional offices across America.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Recruitment; Online

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Suicide Prevention; Helping Others Get Through Tough Times

What is its top priority in the long run?

Suicide Prevention; Health Tips

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

Many teens have experienced tragedy, felt alienation and anxiety, feared the reactions of their peers, and experienced the overwhelming weight of hopelessness at an extraordinarily young age. The challenge of coping with our problems can be extremely lonely and often involves a difficult journey; indeed, many of us are unsure how to begin to confront or overcome our problems - but ReachOut.com provides a mechanism though which young people share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others and become part of a network of support and understanding.

This is the chance for young adults to connect with one another, and it is this link that is so crucial to ensuring the well-being and mental health of today's teens. The ultimate goal of this initiative is for teens and young adults to lead happier lives, and it is their user-generated content and ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of today's youth that allows the Inspire USA Foundation and ReachOut.com to accomplish this formidable task.

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

the network of support that I have personally received, and witnessed.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spread the word, raise awareness, and EXPAND!

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

As a Reach Out youth council member, I am continuously watching first hand how this organization and the website affect young people and better so many lives. Reading the stories that teens submit about how ReachOut.com has helped them get through an extremely difficult time in their lives and maybe even saved them, never gets less inspiring. Just last weekend, while promoting Reach Out at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, so so many people, after hearing what the site is all about, responded with "Wow. I wish there had been something like that when I was going through my tough time" or "I know someone who could definitely benefit from this site." It really feels wonderful to work with such an incredible foundation, and for such a worthy cause, and to know that we are actually helping people!

The Great!

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

Constantly hearing from young people about how useful the site has been for them and how they hope it can help others like them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand! We need to get the word out :)

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

I am CEO of In-Reach, and have worked for the past 10 years serving youth at risk via our online portal, TheLockers.net. Jack, Anastasia, Alex, and the entire team at Inspire USA Foundation are doing unparalleled and exceptional work on behalf of the young people of the United States. us.reachout.com offers a unique and essential place for young people facing difficult situations to find stories from others who have gone through, AND OVERCOME, hardships similar to what they are facing.

Inspire USA Foundation saves lives, and provides hope and light to millions of kids through the mediums that young people turn to when they might not be talking to anyone else - the Internet and online social networks.

I am proud to work with and support the work of Inspire USA, and encourage others to invest themselves in such a noble and impactful organization.

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

the many hours we have spent working together at Inspire's San Francisco based offices, as well as in our meetings in Texas and NYC. The Inspire team works around the clock for our nation's youth, and the testimonials of gratitude from those young people are on the us.reachout.com site for everyone to share in.

Ways to make it better...

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

grow it, and grow it, and grow it some more!

June 13, 2011

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June 13, 2011

The Inspire USA Foundation touches hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Included in that number are some of the teens I work with on a daily basis. The ReachOut.com website offers great information, resources, and suport from teens just like them. The peer support model is proven time and time to be highly effective, and is one of the many resons that teens benefit from the great work of the Inspire USA foundation. Keep up the great work--you are truly saving lives and improving the overall positive mental health of teens throughout the United States!

The Great!

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

seeing how much the teens I work with have benefitted from the ReachOut.com site.

Ways to make it better...

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

spread the word to other teens!

June 9, 2011

I live in a community, Palo Alto, CA, with a High School system that is one of the top 100 in the nation. A great city, a great place to grow up in. In the last two years we've had a shocking uptick in the suicide rate of our youth. I learned about Inspire USA at a business function where I met one of the founders of this project. After viewing the website, listening to the compelling videos and comments from its audience, it became very apparent to me that this was a huge resource that could help troubled teens and young adults.

The Great!

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

It's too early to tell as this is a very recent introduction. I have no doubts that Inspire USA will make a difference once the word gets out.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'd find some celebrities that would like to help drive our youth to this site.

June 9, 2011

I've been involved with Inspire since its founding in 1996 in Australia. With a life spent in non-profits, including as global CEO of Greenpeace I have some good context to say that Inspire genuinely Inspires me with its commitment to real outcomes and its capacity to deliver consistently and authentically.

The Great!

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

15 years on the Board and extensive engagement with external stakeholders

Ways to make it better...

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

Take it global, starting in the USA!

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

If you are looking for a great nonprofit to share your talents, time, or money this is it. I am a 17 male teenager who was directly affected by the great doings of Inspire USA. One of their major programs is ReachOut.com. The website (don't be afraid to check it out) is a multimedia rich, hip, and useful website for teens or young adults to use as an aid when they are struggling with things in their life. I know for a fact the site works as proven by my existence still on this wonderful planet. When I was 16, I was really starting to struggle with anxiety problems that just didn't seem to be getting better. I was having increased depression and thoughts of suicide. One day when I was really done emotionally I was googling way to end it all. It was then I stumbled across ReachOut.com. After several hours of reading stories, watching videos, and doing some serious self reflection I decided to do the most difficult thing I had ever done: tell someone. After I told my parents, I was able to see my doctor, start seeing a counselor, and in general turn my life around. Without Inspire USA foundation, I am almost positive I wouldn't be here to write this review. If there is one thing I can have any readers take out of this is that nonprofits don't run on their own. With my own situation, I am not able to contribute financially so I volunteer my time. But if you are able to contribute, I strongly suggest you do. No amount is too small so don't feel like you can't. Who knows, you might even save a life in the process!

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

my everyday existence and outlook on life.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase funding because websites, let alone run a company.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Google Search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

my personal outlook on life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 8, 2011
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June 8, 2011
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The people at Inspire USA Foundation are passionate about the well being of young people. Everyone who works or volunteers for the organization is intelligent, knowledgable in his or her field, hardworking, committed and loving.

By chance, I discovered the organization's website and felt
inspired to volunteer. I applied for their social media and analytics internship and I have never felt happier to be part to their team.

As a 10 year veteran of the nonprofit field, Inspire USA Foundation is much more innovative, organized and on top of trends than most nonprofits.

The organization is energetically seeking innovative ways to reach young people and support them. They are continually pursuing diverse marketing and funding streams. The group is educated about what actually succeeds and how to achieve results. Lastly, they are open to new ideas, supportive of feedback, and inclusive in their vision and leadership.

I have complete faith that this organization will exceed their internal goals and become a huge resource for young adults.

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

I have witnessed and overheard serious cries for help and crises that young people experience and discuss online. This organization has given young people a framework of support and provides referrals for those in crisis.

Ways to make it better...

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

They need more funding to do more great work!

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