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Young Detroit Builders
January 28, 2010

I am a student at Wayne State University, and for one of my classes during the fall 2009 semester I was required to fulfill a learning service requirement. So, various different representatives from schools and other organizations came and spoke to our class to let us know about how we can help each one of them. I chose to volunteer at Young Detroit Builders (YDB). Ms. Jennifer Boyd, English Instructor at YDB, came and spoke to our class, and she inspired me to volunteer for them. At first I was a little apprehensive because I knew I would be tutoring students who were either the same age as me or older, but it turned out that there was no reason for that apprehension at all. After the first couple of weeks volunteering there, I felt comfortable with the students and staff. Everyone was extremely nice and friendly. Ms. Boyd and the other staff members made my time there thoroughly enjoyable. Also, it is so very evident that each one of the staff members whole-heartedly wants the students to succeed. They do not consider what they do as just a "job." All of the staff members do everything that they can to see the students pass the GED test. And the students try their hardest as well. I started tutoring about once a week at YDB in late September and I plan on continuing that as long as I am able to.

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

The kinds of staff and other volunteers that I met were the best. The staff honestly made my time at Young Detroit Builders a very pleasant one which is also one of the main reasons why I am continuing to volunteer at YDB.

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

If YDB had 10 million bucks, it could expand their program dramatically so almost every person in Detriot from ages 18 to 24 who did not graduate from a high school could obtain their GED, which will in turn make Detroit a better city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I tutor the students, specifically with writing and English.