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February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

I have been a supporter and now a Friend of YouthBuild for many years. I have heard the young people express the importance of YouthBuild in their lives. And I am an educator who worries about the future of the young people who pass through my classroom. We cannot waste the lives of so many. YouthBuild gives a second chance to those whom our system has failed. The young people who have the chance to join a YouthBuild project are given what they meed in tough love and support. They grow and build their confidence to become the poeple they can be and whom their community needs. this project tells me that there is hope. We must continue to invest in these young people. And expand the opportunity to the many of thousands who cannot yet be included.

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As a supporter I have followed the good work of this group for many years.

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Yhey need the funding to build on a terrific model.

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

It gives me hope that these young people can find a path out of despair and into a hopeful future.

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

Everyone I have met is tyotally committed to the young people and thier future.

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

There is no limit to the usefulness of funding this oganization. They have proved that they will make miracles happen with the funds they receive.

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I am onlu positive about my connection with YouthBuild.

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

How to get the awareness of the organization and its model to enough people to fund the full number of young people who need YouthBuild.

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

If only we were not failing so many of our youth we would not need YouthBuild. But we have so many to date that the work is huge and must expand to meet the need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 31, 2010

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January 31, 2010

My name is Francisco Medrano and I am a graduate of the MAAC Project youthbuild build program and also served on the National Youth Leaders Council and the National Alumni Council where I served as president for one term on each council. I also had the oppurtunity to serve on the Youbiuld USA board of directors. I am wring this review being a greatful alumni that thanks many of his acomplishments due to the many things that Youthbuld has installed in me. The leadership oppurtunities that youthbuild as given me are priceless and have path the way for me to get invvolved and become a leader in my community. Thanks to youthbuild I have completed my BA and also looking forward get my masters once I find a way to pay for it. I am still involved with referring young people to youthbuild as much as possible and also conitnue to work in the community with young people in the criminal justice system. One thing I would love youthbuild to do is be in every community. I also would want to express that one of my biggest goals now is to someday become a youthbuild director.

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

my dedication to continue my education with the thanks and ecouragment of youthbuild.

Ways to make it better...

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

make more graduates Youthbuild Directors.

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

the many different leader in my community that I have meet being part of youthbuild.

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

really caring and nonjudgemental that didnt judge me by the way i looked.

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

change the way our communities look and change that way communties view young people.

Ways to make it better...

the program would have been longer.

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

funding and companies not willing to hire young people because of their past.

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

youthbuild can help reduce the US deficit by running more youthbuild programs and stop spending so much money to incarcerate so many low risk offenders.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 31, 2010

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January 31, 2010

I have witnessed the transformative power of the Youthbuild Program for the past eighteen years. The national youth movement has been catalyzed by many of the Youthbuild graduates in their respective comunities due to the rigor and authenticity of the leadership development component of the program. Young adult have been able to take charge of their lives and re-direct previous negative attitudes and practice into becoming community leaders who have postively impacted the lives of other challenged youth. Take the time to attend a convening of the youth leaders and witness the power of love when it impacts the youth who has found his/her self-worth and positive inner voice. A Youthbuild Program in every community would begin to eradicate the number of young persons lost to gangs, violence, low education achievement and self destruction.

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

talking to the program participants and graduates. I have also seen them operating very effectively in leadership positions at legislative rallies, alumni meetings and advocacy roles in their communities.

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

the opportunity to see the positive and sustainable impacts the programs has on the students, their families and the community.

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

some of the most outstanding leaders in their fields and their untiring commitment to support the advancement of the young person madeover by the program.

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

fund an additional 20-30 YB programs to provide opportuity for thousands of additional young adults. Expand and support the alumni network and extend the time to provide post-graduation support especially to defray tuition expenses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 31, 2010

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January 31, 2010

About 10 years ago I had the opportunity to meet with the New York City office of Youthbuild and group of young African-American men. I spoke to the group about the need for them to take responsibility for themselves and their families. I told them that I worked with incarcerated men in the system and also the formerly incarcerated. I told them that we were trying to find young men for our members to work with and provide guidance. When the meeting ended all of the young men asked about how they could be part of our program and gain the support of our men.

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

Working with the staff and doing presentations at conferences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

Over the past decades, I've meet dozens, maybe hundreds, or young people who have been through YouthBuild, and every personal story inspires me to help further. YouthBuild changes lives -- by both believing in the young people, and by providing a proven structure within which they can achieve, little by little, more and more until they truly believe in themselves as productive human beings and leaders. 20 years ago, I first learned of YouthBuild USA when our law firm, Goulston & Storrs, decided to become pro bono counsel after meeting founder Dorothy Stoneman. Since that time I've performed legal work and coordinated with others in my office, who uniformly speak with admiration about the professionalism of the organization. About 10 years ago I joined the Board. i have seen first hand a talented group of professionals who have a mission but also have very practical and disciplined ideas about putting the mission into practice.

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

expand to many more communities in need, thereby helping thousands more young people emerge from poverty and joblessness. YouthBuild USA does an excellent job of leveraging every $1 of private unrestricted funds into $300 of public support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

YouthBuild USA, Inc. serves young people who have had difficulty "in the system" to find and realize their potential to be great and to do great things. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to see the results of the work and hear these young men and women speak of how YouthBuild turned their lives around. It was especially thrilling to speak with young people who helped build homes for families in Mississippi who lost their homes during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. I like to say YouthBuild does good and it does it very well.

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

Among the most talented, passionate,and dedicated people with whom I have worked in any organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

YouthBuild serves a population under-served in the United States and as such it is an important, really essential, component of our national portfolio of programs addressing disconnected youth. As a board member I have come to appreciate the depth of leadership and administration, much of it unknown to casual observers of this program. The involvement of young people on the national board is also quite special and keeps us adults grounded. I most admire the carefully honed program design yet flexibility to address new challenges and opportunities.

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

The seriousness of purpose, the leadership, the mission and the entrepreneurship.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

Having served on the YouthBuild USA Board of Directors for two decades, I am convinced that this organization is changing lives, rebuilding neighborhoods, and developing new young leaders for our nation every day. The YouthBuild leadership and staff are extraordinarily committed, and local YouthBuild programs across the country give young people a vitally important second chance to complete their education, acquire key job skills, and give back to their communities. YouthBuild is a national treasure, its potential limited only by the shortage of funds to drive expansion and serve the large numbers of young adults who now wait for the opportunity to enroll.

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

opening opportunities for achievement and leadership among countless young people who have been otherwise ignored and viewed as liabilities rather than assets to their communities.

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

significantly expand its program network and its advocacy on behalf of young people who desperately need help in getting their lives back on track.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

YouthBuild changed my life, if I hadn't found youthbuild I think I would still be sitting at one of my friends houses wishing something was going on. As a direct result of the help and support I got at YouthBuild I know have a job, I met a great guy (who actually wants something in life), I have a place to call home that I pay for, and I have had experiences I never could have dreamed of. I met the former first lady Mrs. Bush, talked to the mayor, traveled to Chicago for a conference, and been involved with numerous things around my community. I never knew there were people out there that could care for you without expecting something in return. I tell everyone I meet about YouthBuild and how great the experience is. It's not for everyone because you need to be dedicated, but that is the exact reason the program is pretty perfect. YouthBuild helps you help yourself there are no free passes and nobody brushes you off or passes you through just because, you earn everything you get and with that comes a sense of accomplishment I never felt.

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

my personal and professional life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more funding to do more great things, and would expand it to be in other cities.

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

the sense of accomplishment, and the pride you get from saying I'm a YouthBuild student, or alumni.

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

amazing.

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

do anything it put it's mind too with the support of their staff and current and former students.

Ways to make it better...

the staff stayed the same. Half way through being there some really great staff moved on to other jobs.

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

funding.

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

YouthBuild is an amazing organization I wish more people knew about them, and they were able to help even more young adults that need them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 25, 2010

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January 25, 2010

YouthBuild USA is one of the most effective national non-profits in the US. Its founder, Dorothy Stoneman, combines all the best and necessary characteristics of a successful, effective leader: humility, courage, compassion, determination, collaboration, vision, and unabated energy. Ms. Stoneman has surrounded herself with top-flight advisors and executives that are highly respected within the legislature and the executive office of our nation. YouthBuild USA is unique among national non-profits for its uncanny ability to remain at the cutting edge of program innovation, marketing, and is perhaps best known for its insistence that its clients - youth participants - be invested in their own development and futures as well as the ongoing improvement and design of the programs they enroll in, including meaningful, and robust growth of YouthBuild USA as an agency. YouthBuild USA has delivered wonderfully for us here in Fresno, CA. As founding Director of the YouthBuild Fresno program (1995) we are honored to be a part of the national YouthBuild network and have benefited greatly from the aggressive, resource development YouthBuild USA makes available to its cadre of affiliated and accredited programs.

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

my capacity as Director of a YouthBuild program and as immediate past President of the California YouthBuild Coalition. YouthBuild USA is caring, interested, a true "servant" of its affiliated organizations, and highly effective in its advisory and resou

Ways to make it better...

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

no changes to suggest at this time.

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

they really care about me and my program! And, they genuinely care about their youth clients and show it by including youth in high level decision making, marketing and advocacy of the program.

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

kind, professional, knowledgeable, flexible, interested, helpful.

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

strengthen its fledgling programs and invest in youth development and entrepreneurial ventures. Without a doubt, given such an investment, YouthBuild USA is one organization I know would compound the value of the investment in monitary and service return

Ways to make it better...

it has really always been positive.

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

an eventual succession plan. Dorothy Stoneman is incredible; she is the face of YouthBuild USA. The transition, some years away, will require a thoughtful process.

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

YouthBuild USA is deserving of much greater investment by the public and private sector. It will put any such investment to great use and compound it many times over.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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