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Review for NY Unlocking Futures Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

It has been my privilege to have supported the organization for the past 23 years, both as a staff member since retiring for 11 as a volunteer, Their programs are like no other. They are all based on a curriculum that has been evaluated by 3 universities and their results are extraordinary! Young people in trouble are no longer adults in trouble. At the center of the programs is a mentoring component. Mentors are trained to be with their mentee so that they both succeed in producing the results they say they want in their lives. Since 1989, they have worked with over 12,000 young people and their families. Those who have graduated from the programs have become productive citizens in their communities and many give back in service to their community. Did you know that it costs to keep a young person in NY $126,000 for a bed in the juvenile justice system? $129,000 in a group home and $15,550 to attend a public high school. Their
young people "show up" and "turn out".

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

Expand the board of directors to have subcommittees of the board to take on fundraising at a whole new level. When people in NYC know what their results are they will want to hire them to work with all the youth in our schools.

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