My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jacobs Ladder Inc, Urbanna, VA, USA
I was a Jacob's Ladder Climber from 2001 to 2005, then worked as a Resident Advisor from 2010 to 2013. For over half of my life, JL has meant having a network of people who really care about my development and about me as a whole person. I went to camp that first summer already knowing I was smart; what I needed was to know that I was important and valued. The relationships and friendships I've formed and the lessons I've learned through my involvement with this program have made that more than clear to me. JL provided me with such a nurturing atmosphere, but also pushed me to step outside my comfort zone and reach for things I once considered out of my grasp. As a result, I write this as a graduate of Woodberry Forest School, a prestigious private secondary school, and a 2013 graduate of the University of Richmond.
I don't hesitate to say that I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am in life without the care and direction I received and continue to receive from people involved with Jacob's Ladder. I'm welling up as I write this review, because I truly believe that Jacob's Ladder saved my life. I now work with disadvantaged youths in inner-city Richmond full-time in large part because I want other kids to experience the love that I experienced through Jacob's Ladder. JL continues to make an impact on my life even today. In fact, I'm writing this review at the home of my first RA; 12 years later, he has become a father-figure in my life as well as a very close friend. In a few months, I will be a groomsman in his wedding. Without a doubt, Jacob's Ladder has given me more than I could ever repay, and I will be forever grateful for it.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand it. There are other organizations out there that are similar to this one I'm sure, but this one has changed my life. There are so many kids out there who don't have the opportunity I was afforded to be a part of an organization like this. I just want more kids to have that opportunity.
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