My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for TEEN HYPE, Detroit, MI, USA
When I was first introduced to Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education), it was thanks to their executive director finding me on LinkedIn to help them rewrite their Web content. I knew the moment I started my research that this project would be an important experience for me professionally. What I did not expect was that it would turn out to be a significant personal journey as well. Based in Detroit, Teen HYPE offers programs for urban teens that are wholistic. They not only cover the logistics to make sure they're educating teens about how to lead positive and healthy lives, but beyond that, their staff and board members are personally devoted to helping each teen succeed. And the results are phenomenal. They've guided students through the most trying experiences urban youth can face: violence, addiction, neglect or abuse in the home, peer pressure leading to poor choices, and risk of HIV or teen pregnancy. When I bought their DVDs featuring the annual community plays their teens produce, I was able to see first-hand how their students understand the lessons that Teen HYPE teaches them on a cellular level. I was moved beyond words by the subject matter and the acting. Later, I flew to Detroit and volunteered at their HIV-prevention summer block party. There I met their staff, board members, and the teens on whom they have life-changing influence. It's incredible how teens who join Teen HYPE are forever a part of their family. They turn to the organization years after graduating for guidance on how to simply live life. It was an incredible day volunteering for Teen HYPE, and equally so as I had the honor to rewrite their Web content, promote their efforts in Chase Community Giving, and overall get to know them on a profound level. I believe with all my heart that Teen HYPE defines greatness. They make important and courageous contributions in a city that, these days anyway, the media rarely portrays in a positive light. What they're doing as we speak will have an impact on lives for generations to come. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. I truly love them and appreciate the impact they've had on my own heart and soul.
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