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Phone: 805.963.8597
700 E Anapamu St. Rm. 22
Santa Barbara
California 93103
USA
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Target demographics: low-income youth, low-income members of our community, elderly, homeless, single parents, students of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: While we educate our student employees we help our community by completing an average of 600 tax returns per year, perform numerous beach/street clean-ups, recycle in our school, and have a variety of local and world-wide ventures that we support.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help proof read documents such as blogs, newsletters, and brochures. Join us in one of our street/beach clean-ups. If knowledgeable about taxes, complete 3 tax returns. Help student prepare professional resume and college essays.

Programs: VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, ROP (Regional Occupational Program), SBCSLI (Santa Barbara County Service Learning Initiative), Roots and Shoots, Do Ubuntu Orphan Bracelet Campaign, XS Project, Eco-Cell recycling.

Mission:
The Dons Net Café's mission is to educate and empower both youth and community to create change that is both beneficial to society and to the environment while running a profitable social entrepreneurial business. We just want to "Do Some Good in the World".
Results:
We are a fully-functioning and recognized IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax site and were the first to receive an EFIN in the United States. We were named best volunteer site and Community Partner of the Year by our local United Way. Also, were selected by MTV Tres as Agentes de Cambio for the West Coast. Proud to maintain the highest scholarship rate in the entire Santa Barbara County, avg. of 91% compared to closest group at 64%

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01/06/11
I am continually impressed with the students at the Dons Net Cafe. Ms. B. inspires the students to be the best they can be, expects only the best, and in turn, students strive to live up to her expectations. I believe students who are part of this virtual enterprise will have an edge in future ... more »
12/30/10
As a long-time teacher (recently retired), I have seen the amazing accomplishments of the students who run Dons Net Cafe for many years. Some of them were also in my classes, and I could see their knowledge, maturity and poise grow by leaps and bounds. It is a fantastic program, mentored by a ... more »
As the author of a young adult novel, Animal Kingdom, and director of the website, Business-Minded Teens, I can appreciate the real-life business experiences that are taking place in the Dons Net Cafe. Much more than a virtual reality class--these students are running real businesses!--the Dons Net ... more »
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