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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
August 13, 2009

Volunteer USA sponsors so many great programs across the nation. I have had the honor to be part of their Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program. More than simply mentoring kids, the program entails building an one-on-one relationship with an elementary school child that will benefit the child in more intangible ways than most would imagine. That is the defining climax of Teen Trendsetters: the resonating hum that signifies the beginning of something wonderful—a connection with another human being. In the high stakes testing environment Florida has employed, programs such as these are more important than ever to help struggling children.

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The Great!

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

Teen Trendsetters.

Ways to make it better...

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

extend the program to make it year-long, and expand the program since it's so great.

More feedback

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

Establishing close relationships with children around the community.

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

great!!!

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

expand the program nationwide.

Ways to make it better...

the program was extended to be all year long.

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

that it needs more coverage to reach out to high school students. We need more volunteers!

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

I would like to see this program expand to several more states.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & I spent one on one time with elementary children around the community every week.