I am college student on winter break who decided to make my break worthwhile so I decided to volunteer at the center. And quite frankly, I must admit, it was the best decision I made during any of my breaks from school. Working with the kids (I supervised the middle and high school students) was truly a great experience. Everyday, without hesitation, I could expect something new. The kids were just full of life and energy! It was such a humbling experience. I could see myself in their eyes, just a couple of years prior I was just like them, laughing and just enjoying life. All of this made me realize and remember that life truly has great joy's and that sometimes we just need to take a moment and take notice. The New Image Youth Center is on to great things in the future, inspiring mine and future generations that success is always at our reach.
Review from Guidestar
I became involved with New Image Youth Center about 5 years ago through a friend. The first time I met Shanta Barton-Stubbs and the children from New Image, I was hooked! What became so apparent to me was how these children come to the center each day voluntarily. No one is telling then they have to go. These children are seeking a better way of life. They are inspired by Shanta to make a difference in their community and be good citizens of Parramore. Shanta provides these kids with life skills, home work tutoring, a sense of family, a desire to give back to the community, and most of all self-esteem. I can tell you that it is all working. It is truly a place where children come because they desire this type of change in their lives. Parramore is a very challenging community where these children live. Yet despite the challenges of a difficult community, these children choose to change their lives and seek for a better future. The love, respect, and discipline that Shanta has emulated to these kids is nothing but remarkable. It is truly a privilege to be involved with this center. The financial situation is sometimes daunting, but Shanta never gives up because she keeps her focus on changing the lives of the children of Parramore. She is truly a remarkable woman running a remarkable facility. She HAS changed lives and she HAS inspired these kids to do much greater things with their lives.
Review from Guidestar