My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Elevate Your G.A.M.E. (EYG), Los Angeles, CA, USA
I served as a mentor with Elevate Your GAME (Grades, Attendance, Maturity, and Empowerment) for approximately 1 1/2 years and it was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Mr. Michael Freeman, the executive director, introduced EYG to a few of the members of the Compton High School Alumni Association, and after hearing his presentation, as well as hearing a recording of an interview with Mr. Freeman I found as I searched for EYG on the internet, persuaded me to get involved. I'm glad I did. By interacting with the students using the EYG guide each week, I have seen very shy students (who attend the after-school program voluntarily) transform from very shy individuals to very confident individuals when the EYG ended for them. One of my very shy mentees volunteered the next year to become a peer mentor! The very thorough lessons each week are current, and force the students to 'think', 'analyze' the impact their actions (or lack of actions) have on themselves and others. Another aspect that I love about EYG is the importance of giving back to the community -- the all-important community service project and the opportunity to gain work experience during the summer months. In summary, Elevate Your GAME is a very worthwhile mentoring program. Students are transformed, as well as the volunteer mentors. Not only do the students grow, but the mentors as well. The staff of EYG are to be commended for giving back, not only to the Compton community, but to the nation as well.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the transformation of shy students into very confident students.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
add once- or twice-per month mentoring activities so more adults can participate as mentors.