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May 2, 2013

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May 2, 2013

My name is Alexa Grooms and I had the pleasure of serving Stepping Stones International as an intern for two months. I helped S.S.I with their social media and developing their leadership curriculum.

During my time, I worked closely with the faculty and participates especially Lisa Jamu.
The passion and drive in every faculty member and the experience of every participant was positive. S.S.I does not just help its 100 participants will homework it takes a holistic approach to bettering their lives-- with goal setting, financial literacy, leadership building, and life skills. These subjects are not taught in schools and these participants without question are more secure and ready for life. S.S.I has also helped many participants go to college with their tutoring and land jobs and internships with their connections in the community.

S.S.I is a highly respected and thriving non-profit. Their ambition and drive to make their participants better in my opinion makes them an elite non-profit that deserves all positive recognition.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 20, 2012

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2 previous reviews - show all
July 3, 2011

Stepping Stones Intl. is a one of a kind program and most amazing. The staff is diverse and international from all parts of the world. The participants are given a chance to smile, laugh, and catch up... more

September 20, 2012

Have soliited donations and received. Feel very confident about an EXCELLENT program. Love SSI!!!!!!

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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

July 3, 2011

Stepping Stones Intl. is a one of a kind program and most amazing. The staff is diverse and international from all parts of the world. The participants are given a chance to smile, laugh, and catch up with a bit of the childhood that was stolen from them. Progress has been made in academics, communication skills, income generating, financial management, entrepreneur skills, computer training, goal setting. A critical issue os sexual abuse and gender equality is being address with the youth and in the community. SSI reaches the 100 participants AND families AND community....building a healthier environment. SSI is nothing short of THE VERY BEST!!!!!!! Thanks SSI!!!!!

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

The smiles and laughter emanating from the participants. At first Mmost were very shy and intovert but as time moved on they became trusting, open, laughing and loving.

Ways to make it better...

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

Somehow find more funding which is badly needed for progress.

September 23, 2009

It has been my privilege to spend time with the youth at Stepping Stones Intl. I am in awe at how these young people have opened up and are progressing in a world that seemed so far out of their reach. They now have the chance to make choices,set goals,and become contributing adults. They know what it is like to be their ages and have fun. With more donations and monies, this nonprofit can accomplish amazing feats. Please Help!!!!!

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

Many miracles have taken place from the beginning. One is Lisa Jamu who is an amazing person and whose ideas, hopes, and dreams have made miracles happen!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the participants and the progress they make in interacting and opening up!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Flourish like no other!!!!! It would grow and be able to go to places that have asked them to come. SSI would be able to pay quality salaries for top of the line staff! WOW!! IMAGINE!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer in the SSI program. I have learned so much about the community, as well as my own personnality.
My first initial goal when I first started was to improve the academic skills of the teenagers that attended the program. Everyone that worked there made
a difference; helping them in their daily obstacles, supporting them in their actions even providing them with a meal, gave them courage to strive in their lives.

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

I have changed as a person working at SSI. I have realized that I can strive more in life and overcome the obstacles I face in my life. Professionnaly, it has made me realize what I would like to do in the future: a teacher that will help people who needs it the most. Thank You!

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

I would not change anything about the organization. The people I've worked with were very welcoming and respectful, the activities were creative, even the building was well situated. SSI changes lives and is building the individuals for the future.

July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

My name is Kent Rowe and I volunteered with Stepping Stones initially to help establish a philosophy of sport and health. The idea was to use sports, physical activity and general health as a way of life, and the lessons learned from sport in other aspects of your life.
When I arrived I soon
realized what I was to do on top of my initial mandate was to roll up my sleeves and help in anyway possible. This ranged from helping with the meals, to listening to the kids stories and telling stories of where I come from.

this was one of the best experiences of my life as it helped me to better understand our global community. I speak of my experiences on a regular basis to anyone who will listen, and it seems everyone I speak to is interested to know more.

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

my attendance and information passed back through Lisa Jamu

Ways to make it better...

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

Please add this commentary to the Health Campaign

July 3, 2011

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July 3, 2011

I have worked with Stepping Stones for almost a year now. Their staff and programs are great! The leadership and staff are really dedicated towards improving the lives of the youth they serve. The young people they serve appreciate and love their programs. They are dedicated to making the most of the opportunities given to them.

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

my relationship with the staff and teens on shared projects

Ways to make it better...

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

donate computers and connect them to the internet

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

Upon arriving at Stepping Stones, I was extremely impressed with their facilities and commitment to bettering vulnerable children's lives. Everyday there are mentors and employees there to help the children with their studies. The income generation project also provides a unique opportunity for the children to raise income. They can raise this income by making recycled bead jewelry or by working in the garden.

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

interning for a month at the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase the amount of participants and opportunities to do income generating projects.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

Stepping Stones International is an inspiring NGO whose approach and success story diverge from much of the discourse surrounding similar institutions. Although SSI is in its infancy, it is a recognized leader on the Botswana non-profit scene. I am elated to be associated with Stepping Stones and have remained motivated and supported throughout my stay here.

Strengths at SSI include program and management flexibility, psycho-social support, keeping the participants healthy and cared for, and educational tools. Points of improvement would be further encouraging the participants to use their imaginations in a variety of scenarios.

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

hearing the stories of the participants, some of whom are HIV+, that show how Stepping Stones is utilizing its resources to give them better prospects- both in terms of health and livelihood.

Ways to make it better...

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

add more mentorship roles by involving other organizations that are willing to lend a hand with their employees talking and interacting with the kids regularly.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I have volunteered here for almost a year now and I wish that this year that I am spending here would never end. There is a spirit within the staff that makes you happy to work overhours for the children, they are like a big family. Even if I am leaving soon the path of Stepping Stones International and mine are definitely going to cross at some point in my life again.
The love that is shown to these children on an averyday basis, their holistic approach in improving their life situations gives me a warm feeling in my heart after an exhausting day. Please support these guys!

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

my daily life with the children. How drama work opens children up, giving you a smile every day. How life skills sessions changed the way the children were behaving and taking care of themselves as loved human beings. Just great

Ways to make it better...

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

give it more money without a purpose that can be used by the creative staff for projects they create and know the needs of. I would let them build a new admin building for more space in the crowded offices.

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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?

A lot

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?

"how to work with volunteers?" workshop for all staff members to overcome cultural differences in communication and approach

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

I learnt how to communicate with people form other cultures, getting a lot of educational capacitiy through often held staff workshops, but also go to know a lot of new friends and I also got a better feeling of the global privieges of developed countries and also learnt how to live a decent life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

needed, loved, small and much more

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

Stepping Stones International has done incredible work with young people ages 12- 18 + promoting safe sex practices, raising awareness about sexual abuse, preventing teenage pregnancy and providing social support networks and mentorship to teens living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana.

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

I've witnessed the tremendous sense of pride young Batswana experience when they learn a new skill, are able to earn an income and become self-sufficient through the support of Stepping Stones International.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see Stepping Stones International expand its model into other districts throughout Botswana and Southern Africa.

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I have spent the last two summers working with the staff and participants of Stepping Stones International to develop their curriculum. The staff has been eager to learn how to lesson plan and develop their skills in designing worthwhile activities that best benefit the learning of the participants. The goal is to educate the adolescents to improve their quality of life and develop a strong self-esteem so goals and dreams can be obtained. There was a major change in many of the participants from one year to the next. They portrayed a stronger sense of self and displayed higher levels of confidence. Lisa Jamu, the founder of Stepping Stones International, works tirelessly to find funding, build a quality, well trained staff, and network with the Mochudi and surrounding area communities. The biggest obstacle is funding and having the resources to further evolve and grow.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to the participants and willing to work hard to make their experiences memorable and valuable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more adolescents and change their lives forever!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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