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Youth Making a Difference
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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & taught high school students medical topics and evaluations.