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Youthlinc
April 26, 2014

I've worked with Youthlic in several capacities, and am very pleased with what Youthlinc offers. 1) As a parent of a Youthlinc participant (my daughter went to Kenya in June 2013), I feel grateful that she (a college freshman) was so touched that she changed her career path based on an amazing experience that she had with the team in Kenya. It is true that she had to work hard to raise the funds to go, but one of the goals of Youthlinc is to ingrain in these relatively young participants the motivation to "own it". As a parent, I couldn't ask for anything more than what I got. 2) As a mentor on the 2013 Kenya trip, I had a fabulous time, and experienced the team-building spirit as I've rarely felt it before. We all were asked to do things that got us out of our comfort zone (teaching preschool kids for me, building a vocational school, working in the sun, etc for others), all done in the spirit of service. Everyone I worked with served with a smile. 3) As a board member for the past several months, I've seen the inner workings of Youthlinc. I've heard all about budget, goals, programs, internal office personnel changes, etc, and I have never once heard any comments other then "how can we help these kids to be lifetime humanitarians?" I feel quite qualified to say that this program truly does put it's mission first: "Creating Lifetime Humanitarians". I look forward to a long time of service with Youthlinc.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help EVERY individual get the experience they want. I recognize that no organization can please every single person it touches. Having said that, 95% of the comments that I've read all gave 5 star ratings, and a few gave 4 stars. Only one gave a lower rating. If I could change one thing, it would be to be able to address and fulfill the needs of that one person.

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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?

2014

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

One Heart World-Wide
July 19, 2013

I've been with this non-profit for over 10 years, first serving as a volunteer to teach about pregnancy complications and how people living in rural Tibet could recognize and treat some of these major complications. I was asked to be on the board, agreed, and have been an active member since our incorporation about 8 years ago. We teach physicians, midwives, skilled birth attendants, traditional birth attendants, local village people, and families about safe birthing practices. This empowers local people to advance their own communities, while creating the ultimate in sustainability. Please visit the website at www.oneheartworld-wide.org .

Ways to make it better...

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

Advertise more about it. This is a fabulous organization, and saves lives of women and newborns every day. We don't really use our budget to advertise (because we use it for programs and teaching), but if I had the resources, I'd let everyone in the world know about it!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Youthlinc
July 19, 2013

I happened upon Youthlinc because my daughter was involved with the Kenya 2013 team and found out that they needed a mentor with my particular expertise for the trip. I was hesitant at first, but decided that no matter what it would be worth it to be able to hang out with my daughter for about 3 weeks. From the moment I signed up (and especially when I left SLC to go to Kenya), I was impressed with the organization. My team leader (Scott) was fabulous, and never let a moment go by where he didn't have a constructive suggestion for how we should use our time to the max. He kept us moving when it might otherwise have been easy to waste time, and made it fun every minute of every day. Our team was superb, and we got along very well, even all cramped together on bunkbeds in a single 40-person dorm. The kids there were amazing, and our site was overseen by the incredible Father Franklin, who was always cognizant of the students under his care.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more former volunteers share their experiences in formal team meetings before the trip.

More feedback

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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer