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Rating: 5

I've been associated with YMTF for 25 years. I know of no other program that so effectively informs high school students about the importance of education. We're a partnership with the schools, utilizing the experience of the schools to identify classes and schools that most need to hear our message. As a member of the board, our main goal is to line up schools for our visits and then to recruit volunteers to go into the classroom to talk about their jobs, their life styles, and, most importantly, the role that education has had on their life. We provide the volunteers with cost-of-living information. When shown these data the students are enthusiastic about our message. It's not uncommon to have a student tell us that they had not realized how expensive it was going to be living on their own. Some make a dramatic turn around in their academic career. Using funds from our volunteers and the corporations that they work for, we offer scholarships. Our scholarships are different from most others in that we seek out students that have made that dramatic turn around in their grades. Many who receive our scholarship would not be eligible for any scholarship for college. All-in-all the effort we and our volunteers put in is very rewarding and satisfying.

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