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MIGHTY WRITERS
November 2, 2012

I am a teacher at a Philadelphia public high school. I first learned about Mighty Writers when my nephew (a student at a Philly public elementary school) started attending the free after-school workshops. For my family, this was a godsend. We are always looking for low-cost, enriching after-school activities for Sam, and this fit the bill. He enjoyed the workshops, so I was pleased to learn that they also offer programming for high school students. This year, two students at my school have joined the staff of Mighty Post, Mighty Writers' on line student newspaper. Mighty Writers has offered them the additional academic challenge that they have been craving, and it has also helped them to build confidence in their writing skills. Another student, an English Language Learner whose native language is Chinese, has also been involved with Mighty Writers. She shared with me that attending some of the Mighty Writers workshops helped her to improve her English, fall in love with writing, and get ready for college. At Mighty Writers, she said, volunteers were able to work with her one-on-one, a woefully rare situation in traditional high schools. Based on the great experiences my students have had, I am encouraging more of my students to get involved. In Journalism class, students posted comments to a classmate's Mighty Post article, and currently, one student is developing a story that she hopes to submit. I follow Mighty Writers on Twitter and Facebook, knowing that I might turn up valuable opportunities for my students. I have yet to visit their office spaces in the city, but already I think of Mighty Writers as one of the best educational non-profits in the city. They have established direct connections with both teachers and students, and they sustain those connections through a balance of social media, online publication, and face-to-face interactions.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA
August 27, 2012

As a teacher who spent two years in Guatemala, I signed on to GHRC-USA's 2008 delegation with high hopes of learning more about a country I had grown to love. The trip with the delegation far exceeded my expectations. Our facilitators were gracious experts who led productive meetings with government officials, activists, women's and survivors' groups. In some ways, I learned more about Guatemala and its people in that one trip than I had in my two years living and teaching in the city. Most importantly, the people we spoke with and the deep thinking that we did about social justice on the trip helped me to re-commit to social justice work and to carry the message of Guatemalans seeking peace and justice back to my community in the United States.

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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?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer