My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Organization for Youth Empowerment, Washington, DC, USA
OYE, MI Voz Es Poder! What an incredible organization and unparalleled experience. Nowhere else in the world have I come across an organization with such a clear and positive mission--empower youth to create socially conscious agents of change--that permeates all the work it does. Oye was created by youth, is run by youth, and directly benefits youth. Its goals are achieved everyday by its existence, but its programs and projects fortify and deepen its impact. OYE equips 90 students with scholarships and capacity/life building skill classes. These students learn about topics ranging from sexual education to project management. After learning they begin teaching, OYE's youth participate in projects that they manage amplifying the voice and positive impact of OYE.
Beyond all its other great attributes, OYE's highest quality in its love. Once you come to OYE as a students, volunteer, employee, or donor you are part of this community. The office becomes a second home, and you know that no matter what happens there is always a place for you within OYE's 4 walls.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The first time I volunteered at OYE I met a child who would hardly look at me let alone speak to me. Six months later that same child was quickly becoming a leader in his radio project. After another four months I returned again, and now I would be working directly with this boy who before could hardly look at me. Now the shy timid youth was the coordinator of his own art program and leading 15 other youth. All because OYE believed in him and gave him the responsibility.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Its har to say what I would like to change about the organization. The greatest thing I'd like to see happen is that all of the people supporting these project and these kids have the chance to visit Honduras and experience them first hand. Working as the volunteer coordinator I believe that there is something incredibly powerful about visiting an organization like OYE, and it doesn't matter how old you are or how much experience you have there is always something new to learn.