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April 13, 2014

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2014

I came to Teen Mania as an intern and it was the best experience of my life! They taught me how to live out what the Lord was teaching me and trained and equipped me as a leader. I stayed a few more years as a leader on the campus and got to know the leadership and really respect and trust them. Ron is a great man and is running Teen Mania in a great and honorable way. I trust him completely and know that they are making every effort to be wise with their finances and go out of their way to be honest and transparent with those who are donating as well as anyone with questions or concerns.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

The creepiest, most extravagant, useless, and ridiculous organization I've ever encountered. They do not use money wisely. They do not respect interns and volunteers. It turns normal human beings into over-emotional Christian robots and have I mentioned brainwashing? Yes. That too.

Ways to make it better...

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

Dissolve it.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 12, 2012

One of my favorite ministries out there. I went on 2 missions trips with them, worked as an intern for 2 years, worked on staff for a year, went to over 17 Acquire the Fire events, took my youth group to 2 ATF events, and pretty much love everything about it. Going from donor, to volunteer, to participant, to staff, and then back to donor, I've seen all aspects of this organization. The leadership is trustworthy and empathetic, and the ministry makes a serious impact. Want your donation to go a long way? Donate to Teen Mania.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 29, 2012

In the past 3 years my teen had gone to 3 Acquire the Fire events and two mission trips out of the US. She'll be going to NY this summer. I honestly have nothing but praise for Teen Mania campus/Global Expeditions/Acquire the Fire. My teen had the best time at all of these events, and the mission trips were life changing in the best way possible. Before the trip she was already a good kid, but she came back with a peace in her heart about God that she had never had. I can't thank them enough for being able to send my kid out of the country and not having one complaint about the experience. However, I do understand how others might have a bad experience with these organizations as the schedule is grueling and the kids work harder than they've ever work on these trips. It's definitely not for everyone. feel free to contact me on my FB page (tiffany vanderhider) if you are a parent and are on the fence about sending your kid on a mission trip.

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Ways to make it better...

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

sell assigned seating at the Acquire the Fire events. it's crazy when all the teens run in and you can't get your group to sit together

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Around 2009, I was looking on Nick Vujicic's web site on his tour dates and happened to see he was coming to something called "Acquire the Fire" in Houston. The rest is history...

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

my teen is an even better and more caring person after the mission trips.

May 11, 2012
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May 11, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Teen Mania has changed my life. I have been to this internship, and I have sent many kids from my own church to partake in this amazing life changing program. Teen Mania is cutting edge, and the leaders of youth ministry international, I think we could all use a little more Ron Luce in our church's.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

They not only train the next generation on how to live Godly lives, but they demonstrate this by how all of the staff lead their lives.

January 13, 2012
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Review from Guidestar
January 13, 2012
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I do not trust Teen Mania after what happened this week. I participated in two Teen Mania mission trips in the past. Now as a 30-something adult, I have concerns about this organization. On my personal blog, I posted a link to the MSNBC documentary "Mind Over Mania." I also wrote in general terms about some of my concerns. I received 2 critical comments on my blog from a woman who represented herself as a neutral third party on my blog. She works for Teen Mania and I traced her IP to Teen Mania. It is a violation of PR code of ethics to represent yourself as a neutral third party when you have a material connection. Their social media manager also has been caught doing this. It is unethical. When I discovered she worked for TM, I told her I would speak with her over the phone about my concerns. I haven't heard from her in close to 48 hours. To read more about this, go to: http://www.recoveringalumni.com/2012/01/teen-manias-communications-consultant.html

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

None

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 7, 2011

Teen Mania has been an integral part of my life since I was 14 years old. I began as a teenager, simply attending their Aquire the Fire conferences, which changed my life, encouraged me to stay on a course that would keep me out of 'trouble' and uplifted my heart. Then, at 15 I went on my first mission outreach with them in the summer of 92. My life was changed forever. That trip was not perfect, as most things in life, BUT it was perfect for me and I had the opportunity to experience first-hand a renewed relationship with God, and how I could tangibly love people. My eyes were opened. I continued to go on summer missions outreaches with Teen Mania for years after that, serving the people of other countries, growing in my faith in God, and growing as a young leader. The leadership examples provided by Teen Mania were stellar and set an example for me of the type of person I wanted to be when I 'grew up'. I was challenged, I was trained practically in leadership, and I was encouraged as a person to pursue the dreams for my life stored up in my heart. Now, as an adult, I continue to serve Teen Mania in various roles as time and my job permits. My husband and I serve in a role called Project Directors, where we now get the chance to influence young people for good during the summer mission outreaches. I highly recommend Teen Mania Ministries to anyone- whether they are considering going on a summer missions trip/outreach, working on staff, or attending the Honor Academy. I have worked in over 50 countries so far in my short life and worked with over ten short-term Christian mission agencies, and my honest assessment is that Teen Mania ranks as top 3 in the world as far as short-term missions outreach agencies are concerned. Again, they are not perfect by any means, but then again, who is. No one. But, they are stellar at what they do, and the character, integrity, and motive you will find 'behind the scenes' of the organization are first-class. Go on a trip with them, attend the Honor Academy, become a Donor, ... I recommend it all. If you have a hungry heart to love the Lord and serve Him, a heart to contribute to and change the world through your life, a desire to invest in something that is changing the world for good and positively influencing America's young people at the same time, then Teen Mania Ministries is definitely the ministry to join hands with.

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

Just about every area the ministry has to offer.

Ways to make it better...

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

move their headquarters and summer missions training center to a less remote location than where they are in Texas. The summers can be terribly hot which makes for hot, sticky, training environments for pre-mission-trip training. Their grounds are lovely and they have done wonders with it being as it is run and upkept by 18+ year olds just out of highschool (in the Honor Academy), but a 'cooler' climate and more central location would be nice.

April 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 24, 2011

Teen Mania has played a vital role in my adult life. I was an intern with the ministry from 2000-2002, I felt that Teen Mania did a amazing job at equipping me for adult hood. There were so many invaluable lessons that I learned while working with this orginization, from the basics of how to balance a check book to how to be a leader in the work place. I feel that the staff are invested in training young adults to be sucessfull in the real world. As a Mother of 4 children I can not wait for the day that my children are old enough to participate in the Honor Academy or with Global Expeditions. I also feel that Global Expeditions does an amazing job teaching teens how to serve and make an impact in the world they live in. I have seen how the staff value safety of the teenagers and as a Mother I appreciate their dedication and wisdom they use while on mission trips

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

I feel that working with Teen Mania has helped me become a better teacher, wife and mother.

Ways to make it better...

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

Strengthen the alumni association and make sure that there is a bridge from leaving Teen Mania and going into college or the work place. Maybe even have monthly phone calls from an advisor, or core advisor for the first year post Teen Mania.

April 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 14, 2011

Teen Mania has become so dear to my heart in so many ways. Through their Acquire the Fire events I came to the Lord. Through their internship program I have grown so much closer to Him. Through everything they do, Teen Mania represents Christ and goes after His purpose and not their own. I completely trust the leadership at Teen Mania and know that I can always seek guidance and wisdom from them. Working for Teen Mania has been an incredible opportunity for me to grow in professionalism, generosity, love, character, and in my relationship with Jesus. Teen Mania has taught me how important it is to always be ministry minded, and to always have the interest of those around me at the forefront of my mind. I have never met people so focused on the Lord, and I have built some of the strongest friendships at Teen Mania. It is my second home!

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

ATF/Battlecry events/ Internship Program/ Mission Trip

Ways to make it better...

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

Teen Mania could be a little more organized.

April 13, 2011
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April 13, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Im honestly not happy with Teen Mania. I have seen many videos and heard many stories about Teen Mania. I have a close friend who went there for a program where you have to go through physical harm. She suffered from food posioning from catfood, severe body exhaustion, and was minutes away from kidney failure. It was a horrible experince for her. We all have out opinions about things, and this is mine.

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

Talking to staff

Ways to make it better...

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

Never started it!

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