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Review for Friends for Youth, Inc., Redwood City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Friends for Youth helped me discover the true meaning of mentoring. By being a mentor for over three years to an at-risk boy I was not only able to give back to the community in an enormously rewarding way, but I also learned a lot about myself, including recognizing the mentors of my own past. Friends for Youth is a great organization run by a passionate team who go through great lengths to help the at-risk youth of the San Francisco Bay Area. Successful one-on-one mentoring goes beyond pairing a responsible adult with a child, Friends for Youth has a fantastic model and great support throughout the mentorship that has resulted in amazing success rates. Friends for Youth is truly making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and society as whole. I'd encourage anyone who is considering to volunteer or donate to go with Friends for Youth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the attitudes of children that are part of their program. Kids get an entirely new perspective on life, while they may have been sliding into dangerous territory of gangs, crime and disobedience, they now get a different perspective of their possibilities and potential.

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

never stop to work hard and try to find new and innovative ways to expand the good that we can do for the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy of working with children and making a difference in the life of a child. At the same time, the volunteering experience let me be a kid again myself through all of the fun activities we did.

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

a wide variety of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some of the Friends for Youth volunteers have become my good friends.

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

change the world and make it a better and safer place for kids.

Ways to make it better...

Friends for Youth had more resources to support their volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the right volunteers and resources to support the organization for the long term.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Friends for Youth is doing a great job and is often under appreciated due to the lack of exposure and brand name.

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Role:  Volunteer & I mentored a Redwood City boy through Friends for Youth.