Our oldest daughter was contacted through her middle school about attending Idaho Youth Summit, a summer camp for Idaho Drug Free Youth. As parents, we were very skeptical, and very cautious, as we didn't know anything about the organization. After looking into IDFY, we somewhat nervously allowed her to attend the 4 day camp, wondering if we had made the right choice. Seven years later, we realize that it was one of the best choices that we have ever made for our children. Since then, we have had two additional children who have attended the camp (the older two have both been youth staff) and it continues to be an exceptional experience for them. Each summer when they come home, they return with stronger personal conviction to stay drug free, more personal heroes that they have met at camp, and with stronger self confidence. They realize that they are not alone in fighting the battle over drug/alcohol/substance abuse. They have seen first hand the consequences of addiction as key note speakers present their stories. They participate in funfilled "character building" activities that have helped them to deal with those awkward teenage moments. They have returned to their schools and actively participated in the local IDFY Club, trying to spread its influence to other peers. With all the battles that parents face raising children in this world, it is wonderful to have the the staff and members of IDFY on our side to help keep our kids DRUG FREE! Thank you IDFY, you have our support! If we could give you more than a 5 star rating, we would, you deserve it!
I have been apart of this LIFE CHANGING organization since I was in the sixth grade! Now I might not have had much to do with it back them, but as I went to more meeting and got to know more and more people I realized that I loved this place that I was at in my life. Having IDFY in my life helped me become a leader I would have never become! It broke me out of my shell and showed me that no matter what I am doing as long as I am doing it for the good I can help to change peoples lives! Being a part of IDFY to me wasn't just another club from school I was in, and going to the events wasn't just another school thing I was going to it was part of me! They made me feel welcome and loved and I grew to not just appreciate that it was there, but to love that I could have those people around to just talk to and help me get through things. I didn't have a problem telling people no to things like drugs. IDFY helped me to realize that drugs where such a small problem in my life, but for others it was hard for them to get a way form them. They changed me from a person that tried and did any thing just to fit in to a person that made friends because they like who I was as a person, or they loved that I was there for them. I can truly say that all the members of IDFY are my family. From the kids that are just joining to the board of IDFY that helps us make all of this happen! If it weren't for IDFY I truly think that I would have been in jail for the rest of my life because I had the friends to get drugs from and the friends that would or asked me to do them. Other teenagers might say that sports helped them or their parents helped them, but I say IDFY helped me and this place is one place that I love to call home even though I can't live with every person that is part of it, I would love to!
SURPRISE IDFY! I LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH!
I think being able to write a review on local nonprofit organizations is great. I would like to say thank you to Kelsey Wood for sharing this site and volunteering all her time to IDFY! So my experience started back in middle school and went all the way through high school. As one of the drug free youth, I needed this organization. See I was a kid who was surrounded by peers and adults who were looking for there next fix. IDFY was there to help with keeping me busy at school by doing pizza parties or gave incentives to be drug-free. One time in the 8th grade I was able to fly in a small airplane! I was able to go on hiking retreats and camping all because there are amazing people out there that care! Thank you to all that have helped and to those who are planning on helping!
Thank You, Ashley, for the review! Your feedback is so important to us, and we love to hearing from our past members.