My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Youth Mentoring Connection, Los Angeles, CA, USA
YMC is a community in every sense of the word, one that I'm proud to be a part of. My experience with YMC has been pleasant and rewarding. There is a clear apprehension when first starting with the program, but the staff are the best at what they do and they are always there to reassure and support both the mentees and mentors. They also work very hard to organize sessions and events. That makes things so easy for mentors. We just show up and participate. Put simply, the mentors would have a difficult time trying to mentor if it weren't for the YMC staff. The staff, with their unwavering dedication, inspire me.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My current and past mentees. One of my mentees had no real sense of direction before joining the program, but through interaction with YMC and their staff and the mentoring process, he just completed a year of school and is now employed and ready to continue studying more to keep moving forward. I believe that the staff, and not just the mentors, inspire the kids.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make it have a wider reach throughout southern California because there are other communities that would greatly benefit from having YMC there.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Can't think of anything.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I came from the neighborhood where YMC is active and I succeeded in "getting out" of what I thought was a bad place with bad people. My experience with YMC has allowed me to return and see that there is good there. For over 10 years I refused to return having vowed to never look back after leaving, but the program has taught me, as Gandhi said, to "be the change you wish to see in the world."
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
It made me feel good that I am capable of making a difference.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?