Youth Making a Difference

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Location: 2176 South 2000 East 931 University Village Salt Lake City UT 84108 USA

Mission: The mission of Youth Making a Difference is to provide leadership training and practical experiences that make a difference in the world, transforming the lives of the participants and those they serve.
Results: 100 Teens from the Salt Lake Valley have participated in our Leadership Training program, impacting over 300 orphan childran in the rural villages of Northern India
Geographic areas served: Utah, Northern India
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

In November of 2008, I had the opportunity to go to India with Youth Making a Difference (YMAD). The group of youth who were going to India met several times each month to plan the expedition. We planned educational workshops on subjects that we thought would benefit the children the most. I had the opportunity to plan a workshop about the dangers of smoking and it was taught at 4 different schools across Northern India. The program definitely developed my sense of leadership and independence. I didn't pay anything to go on the expedition, I was required to raise money in other ways. I confronted local businesses to see if they would be willing to donate and I sent out letters to my friends and family seeking donations. The donations covered my traveling costs, but also hired teachers to teach in inadequate government schools. Since the incredible India expedition, I was able to go to Peurto Pinasco, in Northern Mexico, to paint houses as a part of the process of building homes for poor families. This type of service was totally different than in India, because it was physical labor, but I felt the same sense of accomplishment from the service.

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

seeing the difference it has made in the lives of children in India and families in Mexico.

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

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

knowing that my efforts have improved the lives of those who are less fortunate than I am.

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

eager to serve.

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

build schools and orphanages to improve the lives of the children of India, and eventually children across the world.

Ways to make it better...

i could have had more time to spend with the orphans in Chamba, India.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have watched YMAD grow over the last five years and I have loved to see the growth. It has been incredible to see the difference that these teens can make just by being who they are. They have such great attitudes and such a remarkable desire to serve others. It almost makes me want to go back to high school just to be able to hang out with them. I love working with these teens, I love working in India, and I love seeing the growth the teens have when they return from their expeditions. People who serve are happy! And all the teens I have worked with over the last five years are extremely happy!

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

watching teens grow up and realize that they can make a difference.

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

I would have more knowledge on running a non-profit.

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

being with all the remarkable people.

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

a ton of fun!

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

build hundreds of orphanages, training centers and schools!

Ways to make it better...

I could have contributed more.

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

we have too many ideas!

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

I love being a part of YMAD.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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