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Review for Teen Lifeline Inc, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Teen Lifeline during my high school years, from roughly 1990-1992, and during college summers thereafter. I loved my time there, and I reflect upon it fondly all these years later. I felt immense fulfillment helping peers talk through problems, and giving them coping skills and resources for their most acute issues. After Teen Lifeline, I earned a Master of Counseling degree at Arizona State University, and then a law degree at the University of San Francisco. During graduate school, I worked full-time at EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center in Tempe, and felt grateful for the exceptional suicide prevention training that Teen Lifeline had given me. I was well prepared to do this work as a paid professional. I currently practice family law in San Francisco, having secured my first job in the field immediately after taking the Bar Exam, because my then-employer liked my extensive mental health background, dating back to my high school years. I have found Teen Lifeline's training beneficial in my professional and personal life, in that I'm good in a crisis and skilled at reflective listening. The social aspect of Teen Lifeline is no small part of the model's success: As a teen, there was no place I would rather go after school. The environment was supportive, fun, and intellectually stimulating; I learned so much from the supervisors while processing calls, and even from talking about my personal life. The supervisors were all wonderful, as were my fellow teen volunteers. Everyone cared to know each other well, and we passed on that sense of concern and community to our callers. I miss those days, and I wholeheartedly believe this organization saves lives and gives people hope.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Amsha Africa Foundation, Dallas, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the Amsha Africa Foundation (AAF) board since early 2010, after successfully working with AAF on a holiday card project: For the 2009 holidays, I asked parents and teachers in the U.S. to have their children make holiday cards for children in Kenya. I had met Tony Abuta, AAF's Executive Director, the preceding week by phone, and he agreed that this would be a fantastic initiative. With one week's notice, 150 children in the U.S. made and sent me cards for Kenyan children. On the day Tony received them from me by U.S. Mail, he scanned all of them for future digital presentation, just before hopping on his planes to New York, London, and ultimately Kenya that evening. From that point on, Tony and I have worked together smoothly, without ever meeting in person. Any time I ask Tony for support or information, I receive a phone call or email within the hour. AAF relentlessly seeks to improve conditions wherever suffering exists in Africa, and is generous in giving to those few causes it does not personally take on. Transparency and accountability are founding values, whose refrain I frequently hear directly from Tony. Also, Tony personally travels back to Africa at least a few times per year, to check on projects and further development, while managing a full-time professional career in the U.S. AAF is top in its field in integrity, compassion, professionalism, and efficiency. My board member bias aside, I am a huge fan of AAF, ever thankful for the reminder that good work can be selfless, organized, and fun.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer