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Review for Youthbuild USA, Inc., Somerville, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have witnessed the transformative power of the Youthbuild Program for the past eighteen years. The national youth movement has been catalyzed by many of the Youthbuild graduates in their respective comunities due to the rigor and authenticity of the leadership development component of the program. Young adult have been able to take charge of their lives and re-direct previous negative attitudes and practice into becoming community leaders who have postively impacted the lives of other challenged youth. Take the time to attend a convening of the youth leaders and witness the power of love when it impacts the youth who has found his/her self-worth and positive inner voice. A Youthbuild Program in every community would begin to eradicate the number of young persons lost to gangs, violence, low education achievement and self destruction.

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

talking to the program participants and graduates. I have also seen them operating very effectively in leadership positions at legislative rallies, alumni meetings and advocacy roles in their communities.

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

the opportunity to see the positive and sustainable impacts the programs has on the students, their families and the community.

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

some of the most outstanding leaders in their fields and their untiring commitment to support the advancement of the young person madeover by the program.

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

fund an additional 20-30 YB programs to provide opportuity for thousands of additional young adults. Expand and support the alumni network and extend the time to provide post-graduation support especially to defray tuition expenses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I initially served as the first Director of the program when it became nationally funded. I served on the Board for four years before becoming the Board Chairman.