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September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

I was so blessed to be a part of this organization. I grew real relationships with the people I worked with because I was meeting with them on a regular basis to further our cause. I learned so much about getting a project started and following it through all the way to the end. I've learned so much about becoming a leader and just a better person. This is an involved organization that demands the best people to make the world a better place.

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

Leadership. Socializing. Networking. Learning through experiences.

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

Have a greater amount of work to do with a deeper and more lasting effect.

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

The people I met and the relationships I built both here in America and across the world.

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

Extremely dedicated and highly motivated to complete the work and so compassionate towards the world and the inhabitants thereof.

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

Essentially set a course to provide a higher standard of living for all the people within its reach.

Ways to make it better...

I had worked harder and prioritized what YMAD had asked me to do higher.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The governments of the places we travel to. Money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is an organization of the great and for the great to create greateness. Top-caliber humanitarian group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 2, 2009

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September 2, 2009

I've worked about three times a month with YMAD and have enjoyed the experiences I've had with this organization. I've learned to work harder than I ever have with help from my leaders and teammates. They teach by helping one accomplish feats that said person thought they could never accomplish. This is a fantastic organization, however there are several ways in which I feel it could be approved. The beginning of the program was extensively impressive, but as time when on I noticed a lull in action and motivation from both the staff and my peers. Also, I most motivation negative. For example, our leaders may try motivate us through guilt. However affective this tactic is I believe that positive reinforcement would be far more encouraging. That being said, I have been most impressed with Youth Making a Difference, and my assumption is that the organization will continue to grow and mature into a highly influential and reputable group.

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

I've enjoyed learning work ethic most from this nonprofit organization. The leaders have helped encourage me and taught me that I can conquer a daunting task even if I think it's beyond my reach.

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My experience with YMAD could have been enhanced greatly if the staff was more dedicated during the summer months.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 28, 2009

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August 28, 2009

I helped donate and run a yard sale for orphans in India. There was about 20 people helping with the whole thing and it was very organized and easy for shoppers to shop. Not only was it a very successful yard sale financially, but it brought the community together to help this great cause.

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

serving others and making new friends at the same time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 28, 2009

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August 28, 2009

So far I've loved being involved with this group. It has not only taught me so much about myself but it has also taught me about what a fulfilling act of non-selfishness service can be. I've met people who have influenced me to be a better person. The other youth in YMAD are absolutely astonishing, I still can't believe there are teens like that out there today. And the people who are in charge of this organization are even more inspiring for me. I hope that YMAD will be given more money to help out the orphans of India. I already have fallen in love with them and I have not even met them.

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

completely change the life of these orphans. To live on food for a year in the orphanges is not very much. With ten million dollars we could get the kids into a better living situation, better health care, healthier food, better education and so much more

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

My experience with Youth Making A Difference was the best experience of my entire life. I learned skills to help me become a better leader and team member in the months preparing. I got to spend 2 1/2 weeks in India that changed my life. I got to feel what it is like to make a difference in the world. I saw things that changed my perspective on the world and has made me want to continue to serve throughout my life everyday. I worked with wonderful people and leaders that are great examples to me. YMAD is the best organization out there because they not only take people somewhere to change the world, they teach them skills so members will continue to change the world for the rest of their lives.

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

the relationships I had with the people in YMAD and the people in India.

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

amazing people! They really are changing the world everyday. They are the greatest examples of giving all of themselves to others. They are not in it for anything but service.

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

save India! And the entire world! They would know exactly where to put that money to help people across the world and train people to make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

Being a part of Youth Making A Difference was the best part of my entire senior year of high school. I got to know on a personal level 24 other teens my age who had the same goal to serve people in a foreign country who are not as fortunate. I also had to opportunity to learn from all the adult leaders on how to raise money, work with other people, and become a good leader. Although raising the money was difficult, it paid off when i saw the faces of those kids in India as I taught them about magnets, physics, and other basic science principles. They were so excited and eager to learn, and this made me want to go home and more fully appreciate my education, my family, and my home. Those kids had nothing, and yet they were happy and so grateful for the lessons we taught them, as well as the supplies we brought to them. Those were the happiest two weeks of my life because I completely gave of myself to others. My YMAD leaders were perfect examples of service and reaching out to others, and I'm so grateful to them for sparking my desire to serve others across the world.

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

The long lasting friendships with those who i served with, and my leaders. I know they care about my life and want the best for me. The memories we made together will keep us bonded forever through the happiness we felt as we served those kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

I think that this is by far one of the best programs, not only do you get to go to a 3rd world country but you get to go through the year long leadership training. I love the fact that we ourselves get to plan and execute all of what we do when we are in India. Also, the fact the when we get back we are in charge of doing our own expedition. I think that it is one of the most effective program because you not only get to go and have your life changed but we learn to love all of the children in Chamba before we even get there because of all of our work to get the money and plan the lessons.

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

Unification between the Youth in my community. Also, we as Youth have learned to be active in service and find joy in it.

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

Being able to prepare every little step for our expedition to India in March 2010. I love that we don't just pay the money and go, we actually are the ones who prepare the lessons and we see what our money is going to go towards.

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

Very friendly, and outgoing. Not only are they sincere in their cause but they also so dedicated and physically and emotionally involved.

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

Change the lives of thousands of orphans in Chamba, India. They'd be able to do so much good, they could rebuild the orphanages and they could give the orphans food, better educational information and warm clothes

Ways to make it better...

We had more people who were aware of what Youth Making A Difference was. So we would have more support.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Still not being totally known in Utah County yet. Almost everyone who we have talked to love the idea of us and love what we're doing and our cause, its just that not very many people know what or who we are and what we do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

YMAD is a wonderful organization that inspires high school students to use all their skills in organization, teaching, fundraising,networking, and goal achievement. I was part of the adult medical mentoring project preparing these students to perform simple medical evaluations in the Indian orphanages. I was felt fortunate to accompany these youth to Chamba India. We worked with four orphanages and observed in the government hospital, a privately owned hospital, and also visited neighboring rural clinics. The entire program envolved months of learning, demonstrations at a local elementary school, weekly meetings with the students, and the final event: a 16 day adventure to rural India. The experience changed all of us in many different ways. I have been a registered nurse since 1969 and have had many varied and exciting experiences, but this organization and working with these students has been a highligt of my life. The Baird family devotes so much of their time and effort to guide these high school students in this amazing ongoing project. If I were younger I would do it again and again. Rhonda Irvine, RN

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

seeing the response of the students to a different culture,watching them grow as they encountered difficulties, and seeing how the experience gave them a new outlook on what they wanted to do with their future.

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

the associations I made with the Baird family, the students, and the other adult volunteers. YMAD is an organization that you want to just keep participating in because it brings such joy to both the orphans and the students.

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

professional, patient, flexible, devoted to the projects success, inspirational and tireless.

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

change 10 million lives

Ways to make it better...

I was more phyically fit

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fatigue and burnout. This is a hugh project that starts in January and ends in late November EACH year.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need more non-profits like this one!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I can't even explain the amazing experience I had with YMAD! This organization taught me so much about leadership and my place in the world! In addition the way the organization changes the lives of the less fortunate in India is amazing! I'm so proud to count myself as someone who is a part of YMAD.

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

totally capable and amazing individuals who truly care about the work they are doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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