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Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc
September 20, 2009

I've done a lot of work with this non-profit, and it's absolutely fantastic. I worked alongside and with a number of ASTEP volunteers 'on the ground' in India, and have seen the incredible and inspirational effect they have on the young people they work with, and the enormous strength of the volunteers they recruit. The organisation is genuinely life-changing for those who are lucky enough to come into contact with it. Through my work with their volunteers and because of the high opinion I'd formed of the organisation and Mary-Mitchell, I later became more closely involved with their plans for future development of the school in India, and was able to offer my advice and perspective on what I'd seen there. So I've seen what goes on behind the scenes in NY as well, and can honestly say it's extremely well and efficiently run by completely dedicated people. I can't speak highly enough of this non-profit and its people.

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

its work in Shanti Bhavan school in India, where the volunteers have taught and inspired numerous young people through a long association with ASTEP. The school would not be what it is without ASTEP.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more back-office staff so that they could provide even more support to their volunteers.

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

that it has inspired me to rethink my own life and what I do in this field and has helped me to find a purpose in my own work with young people.

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

unbelievably dedicated and inspiring people, who had a real passion for their work and were selfless in sharing it with others.

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

revolutionise the education, aspirations and life prospects of thousands of young people around the world.

Ways to make it better...

it'd been longer... I'd got to work on more of their different projects. I'd found more time in my life to work with them.

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

fund-raising in this economic climate; continuing to develop their work in broader areas.

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

the organisation is highly reflective on how to improve itself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I worked alongside their volunteers in India, I worked with the organisation in helping it to formulate development plans to continue and improve it's work in India.