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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a board member and volunteer at the care givers weekend, I am humbled by the spirit and energy of the kids, parents and volunteers. I am proud to be a part of the Next Step organization. To be part of an organization whose mission is "to shatter limitations and elevate aspirations of teens and young adults" is wonderful.

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many ways.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways for them to run more programs for teens and young adults.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Life is full of challenges - most of us are lucky or fortunate to be healthy enough to meet these hurdles without the extra challenge of sickness. Next Step drew me to it like no other organization has or could. They do amazing life altering things for so many. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is hard enough. Next Step helps with that transition when sickness and health issues complicate. Bringing compassion, skills and an inexhaustible supply of humor, Next Step fills a void of support; it teaches people how to start living their lives and stop living their diagnosis.

My wife Rose offered me an opportunity to give back - she brought me to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in CT. From there she and Bill Kubicek gave me the life changing opportunity to help Next Step reach around the world.

Thank you,
Stephen W. Starnes - Chairman - Next Step

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Weekend retreet, board meetings, fund raising and personal contact

Ways to make it better...

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

More money to reach more people who ask for our help. There is never enough time in a day!

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 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Getting access to quality medical treatment is only part of the problem for young people suffering from AIDS, sickle cell and cancer. They need personal support to cope with these debilitating diseases too, and that is what Next Step does really well. Whether it is the 1-1 tutoring and mentoring that the Strive program provides for teens with sickle cell, Face2Face’s retreats and workshops for young adults with cancer, or the support and education that One Love gives to young people suffering from AIDS, these programs make a difference! The friends and relatives that care for young people struggling to cope with these diseases need help too, and that is where the CARE program fits in. I am very proud to support what Next Step does. I also appreciate the way they use my money – 80% of it goes to the programs.

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Word of mouth from those who have benefited.

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

I only wish they had the resources to ramp up these programs. They are scalable and they work!

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