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Review for Everybody Wins Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful experience that enabled me to make a difference in a young girl's life. The nicest surprise was how she began to smile and laugh after about six months of reading with me. I wasn't sure she was getting much out of our time together up to that point. This girl was very withdrawn and uncommunicative, but she did like to read! I also discovered that she had leadership skills, in that she would periodically bring other quiet, withdrawn girls with her to read with me. We spent much time reading, discussing the characters in the stories, learning new words, examining punctuation marks, and building confidence. And yes, the other girls learned to laugh and smile too. This experience with these "little women" was delightful! I would highly recommend this program...very rewarding!

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

Feeling more engaged with children.

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

Have a greater variety of books available for the students to choose from. Also, my little third grade girl's glasses broke half way through the school year and were not fixed. Is there a way to help with eye care?

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

Getting my third-grader to smile and build her confidence in reading and communicating her thoughts about the books we've shared.

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

Very intelligent and helpful.

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

Help with eye care issues and if the students needed to have their eyes checked, or glasses purchased, the money would be available. Also, have a wonderful library full of books and computers for the students to read on-line.

Ways to make it better...

The girl's glasses could have been fixed. She spent half the year without her glasses and it was hard for her to see the words on the page.

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

Staffing and enthusiasm for the program.

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

The books that were provided for us to choose from were very limited. We needed more diversity of books.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & For one school year, I read and mentored a third-grade girl at Sunshine Elementary School in Los Angeles.