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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Attended at cancer survivors retreat where Next Step staff were the facilitators. They were well prepared and provided a wonderful weekend to a group of people whom have been through the worst that life has to offer. Smiles were all around, and we all left feeling that we could face our lives with strength.

The Great!

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

Their ability to connect to individuals and also provide group support.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it bigger so they could provide more resources!

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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?

2010

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

As a clinical social worker who has had the privilege of working with youth over the last 25 years, I have been awestruck by the work One Love has undertaken. Recognizing the tremendous unmet need of the HIV/AIDS population transitioning to adulthood, the program encompasses the essentials; instilling hope, nurturing growth, developing youth leadership and building on the talents and skills of this remarkable population. The creativity, energy and unconditional support the staff lends to their programs make Next Step an invaluable resource that needs our continuous support.

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

I've attended the One Love conference and observed how the staff and youth work together to foster confidence, hope, shared empathy and healthy interdependency. I have watched how the youth have taken risks outside their comfort zone through music, art, theater and group discussions to develop into leaders.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the program on a national and international basis

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am a young survivor diagnosed with plureal Mesothelioma. I atteneded a retreat through Next Step for young cancer survivors. I learned so much in the 3 days I was there. I was able to connect with others that were going through exactly what I was. I was dealing with an identity crisis. I was having a hard time reconnecting with my husband, having feelings of survivor guilt. I had no idea that these were common issues with other survivors. I was able to open up and share my feelings with people for the first time that knew exactly how I felt! I was able to listen and hear others share similar issues. The retreat also provided an atmosphere that was relaxing and enjoyable. I still keep in contact with friends I have made, and we can still continue to help each other get through difficult times. I also met a awesome friend that I visit and meet up with through out the year. This program is very much needed and so much appreciated!!

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

I have been able to change my anger into action. I have done more advocatcy and fundraising. I have shared my experience with other survivors and recommended the program. I was able to reach out to my roomate and let her know its ok to go to counceling and she did.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love to revisit the same retreat with the same young survivors for a reunion!

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have been a supporter of Next Step since the very beginning. It has been exciting to see the growth of the organization over the last ten years -- how it has adapted and changed to meet the needs of its constuents, and yet remained true to its core values and promise. As a volunteer at Next Step weekends, I have seen first hand the unique and life-changing work that Bill and his team do. Next Step truly is a one-of-a-kind organization with a great soul -- and is truly making concrete and dramatic changes in the lives of the amazing young people that it serves.

The Great!

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

making dramatic changes in the lives of young people with serious illnesses.

Ways to make it better...

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

see its staff and programming expand to cities all over the world.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have volunteered at One Love for the past two years. i have personally seen the benefits of youth participating in this amazing and one of a kind conference. It provides them the space to meet other youth that share their experiences, to develop leadership skills, have a voice, have fun, and not feel alone. One Love provides something that no other program for youth living with HIV provides, a skill set that will help them through out their lives to not only survive this deadly disease but to flourish, be leaders, advocates and supports for others like themselves and in the name of all youth living with HIV.

The Great!

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

the One Love conference and attending the youth planning committee meetings.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make the conference longer and available to more youth around the country

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

Being part of Next Step has been one of the most wonderful things of my life. Next Step has helped me in so many ways. Everything from gaining self-confidence to realizing my faults, and even helping me finally see what i want to do with my life. Next Step has guided me in the right direction in all aspects of life. I love Next Step and Next Step loves me!

The Great!

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

the path I am taking in life and regaining the love, I had lost, for myself.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask to meet more often, because it is my safe haven.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

"1loveproject/Nextstep"has given the youth all over the world reason to live despite the life threatening diseases they are facing.And i believe with enough ssupport we shall see more of "1loveporject/Nextsteps' wonders.LETS DO AWAY WITH THE FEAR OF LIFE TREATENING DISEASES IN US AND SAVE THE GENERATION TO COME WITH "1LOVEPROJECCT/NEXTSTEP".

The Great!

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

i have meet with rena griefinger who has told me about 1loveproject/mextstep.

Ways to make it better...

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

i would set up differnt branches of 1loveproject/nextstep in different countries of the world.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

One Love/Next Step is a story about leadership through peer-support, life-enrichment through guidance, universality through international outreach. and public health through individual impact. Wonderful, inspiring, and constructive.

The Great!

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

Observing the talent and spirit at the end of a One Love summer retreat.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would expand it.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I have seen the One Love project in action and it is unique and wonderful. With critical support from Next Step, One Love has been able to create a model of service and support for a highly vulnerable population that has been otherwise sidelined. These services are effective, efficient, innovative and have begun to be replicated in other communitites beyond MA. The results that Next Step is supporting via One Love show every promise of making a lasting difference for clients.

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

as an observer of a program.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand it. Begin formal evaluation.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Next Step without a doubt changed my life and my marriage.
I was a 27 yo breast cancer survivor trying to figure out how to go back to normal after treatment. Bill Jessica and the crew taught me and my husband how to deal with everything from lasting side affects to my incessant need for
control since diagnoses. They allowed us to meet with other survivors/caretakers going thru alot of the same issue we were.

Its an amazing feeling to know youre not alone. I didnt realize how much I truly needed next step until they found me.

The Great!

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

2 young adult retreats, Framingham MA and Austin TX

Ways to make it better...

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

Id give them more money so they can touch more lives like they have mine!

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