Testimonials from our Youth

“Middle Earth is not like any other program. The programs they provide have amazing people that help you become a better you. They push you to succeed and actually want to get to know you. At the end of the day, they want to see us succeed because they truly care and they want a better outcome for the person they initially met at the beginning of the program. Middle Earth is part of what shaped me into who I am today.” – Middle Earth alumni

Former youth enrolled in our employment readiness programs:

“The Visions staff has definitely put me on the right path to where I would like to go and were very kind and helped me work through the issues I had.”

“There are a lot of job programs out there but honestly this is the only one that truly listened to me. I’m really glad I found this program and stuck it out. Visions is helping me achieve my dreams.”

“The Visions Program impacted me by helping me have more confidence in myself.”

“You guys have really helped set my life in order.”

“I would not have been able to get this internship without Middle Earth. It has been quite helpful in getting my foot in the door for a future career.”

Former youth enrolled in our college readiness programs:

“What I like most about the program is the open discussions and ability to talk about things we don’t normally talk about in a traditional class. I wish I knew about Middle Earth sooner.”

“If it wasn’t for YCRP, I believe I would not have done not my best in high school. Middle Earth’s programs helped me step out of my shell, made me become more involved in my community, and also helped me walk the path towards college.”

Former afterschool enrollee:

“If it wasn’t for Middle Earth, I believe I would’ve grown up outside on the streets and continued with the bad friendships I had before.”

Former Student Ambassador:

“We worked hard to make positive change in the community. I saw how our work paid off by seeing so many people support our cause. This inspired me to believe that no matter your age, if you set your mind on a goal, you are capable of making change.”

Former youth attending Youth Centers:

“I like how Middle Earth is a tutoring, hangout, and fun place all in one. There’s a variety of options and different games, and they give attention to all the children. No one feels lonely or like a burden.”

“I like the friendly and very helpful staff members.”