Voice of the Volunteers

Teen Volunteers Sharing Their Experience:

Julie283, 2016
"NGF is a wonderful organization! My teens have been volunteering as tutors for months now. It's great experience for them and they love working with the children."

Mereed, 2014-
"I have been involved with Next Generation Focus for three years. The organization has not only provided me with positive role models who care about their community, but I can also see the difference it is making in the lives of the students involved. NGF helps prepare high schoolers for leadership roles, gives kids more self-esteem and boosts their performance in school, and serves as a resource for parents to connect with educators and become invested in their children's education."

kristymiss1, 2014-
"I've been working with NGF for years and have seen so many excel far beyond expectations. This organization is unique in that it not only focuses on study skills, but also teaches the importance of giving back to the community. NGF provides an opportunity for kids to have fun while learning and boost their self esteem."

David J, 2011-
"NGF has been a partner with our church for almost a year. We have been able to watch as the effort to help children catch a picture of hope has grown from a few kids to a bustling lobby of activity, as parents pick-up and drop-off their children. Saturday's have become special.

NGF has volunteers who are committed to one central idea of helping children in their school work and life. They have caught the NGF vision! These incredible people work a full time job and then give up their Saturday!

NGF leadership has done an excellent job of communicating and living out the vision for helping children. That leadership, along with the outstanding volunteers, means that children in our area will have a chance to experience lives of hope for years to come."

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Alex Skinner, 2013-
"Not only has this organization bettered our community but it has bettered me as a person. This is my second year volunteering with Next Generation Focus and I plan to continue volunteering through college and hopefully after. This program has helped so many struggling young children and given me the opportunity to become close with these kids. NGF has become such an important part of my life and I hope to continue to see it grow in our community and beyond."

Rebeccaxyan, 2013-
"I began volunteering at NGF beginning of last year as an outreach project for my club at school-- little did I know that this program would have such a profound impact on my life. Seeing the kids grow not only academically but also socially has been an extremely rewarding experience; I have personally seen students expand their vocabulary, improve their critical reading skills, and become more proficient at math just by being a part of the program. Some have also come out of their shells and are now less shy and much more friendly than when I first met them. The kids usually look up to us teens as role models, which is incredible motivation to set a better example for the kids to follow.

Every week I take members of my club from school to tutor. It takes serious dedication for my classmates to get up early on Saturdays mornings, but after coming just once, they begin to look forward to every week. The kids are always cheerful and excited that just by being around them, tutors are encouraged to do their best to help them in school. NGF provides not only a positive and encouraging learning environment for students who are struggling, but also an engaging experience for teens to learn how to manage a classroom and cooperate with others to help the children learn. The benefits of this program are boundless. Even after a year, I am still constantly introducing new peers to the program who fall in love with it. This program is well-organized and ran efficiently, and I am honored to be part of it every weekend"

Megan G, 2012-
"I am a first grade teacher in the same area that NGF serves. I have seen firsthand the impact that this organization is making on the community. They are working to help local schools reach struggling students. In addition to the academic support that they provide, they are also giving these students positive experiences. Students at NGF know that they are important and that they can succeed in school. The high school volunteers provide students with positive role models to encourage them to try their very best at school. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a phenomenal organization!"