SFK--Success For Kids

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

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Location: 1054 S. Robertson Blvd Los Angeles CA 90035 USA

Mission: Success for Kids (SFK) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children with the skills and tools they need to reach their full potential. These are the tools that have been proven components of personal and academic success: *self-awareness *social and emotional intelligence *problem solving skills *interpersonal strength *the confidence and wisdom to make smart choices *the techniques to be self-reliant and well-adjusted *the desire to be connected and giving to the people around us *the resiliency to meet all of life’s challenges and obstacles *the ability to foresee the consequence of our behavior SFK empowers children to make the best choices that they can, to make smart, purposeful decisions that result in their desired outcomes, and ultimately to understand that they are the writers of their own life stories. Our vision is for every child to understand these universal values and reach their full potential, and our mission is to deliver them through fun, interactive, educational programs to as many children as possible. SFK has served over 60,000 children in 13 locations worldwide. Our programs include free year-long courses in low-income public elementary schools, after school classes, programs designed specifically for teenagers, ongoing training with prison inmates, and the Kids Creating Peace program in Israel, which uses the SFK curriculum to create dialogue, understanding, and unity between previously alienated Arab and Israeli students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended a volunteers orientation at the LA office and felt so much better prepared to raise the children I'll have one day by learning the techniques used to teach universal values. I feel privileged to have the chance to collaborate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my home country of Panama.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it available to the whole world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got to know SFK's teacher's training program in 2010. I spent four days with the most amazing people I've ever met. Those four days, I must say, totally changed my life! I hope I will have the opportunity to volunteer next year:)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

São Paulo- Brazil

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would change nothing. The only thing I can think about is helping them the way I can. I wish I had a lot of money so I could donate it to SFK. But I truly believe our work is the best way to contribute. Really worth it!

Rating: 4 stars  

All of us, especially kids, see the world through the paradigm we learn from our family, and believe that paradigm is the ultimate TRUTH, the one and only way to think and function in the world. SFK gives kids an alternate perspective, and therefore a choice in how they can conduct themselves and live their lives. SFK uses stories, games, and personal examples to demonstrate that real satisfaction and lasting fulfillment is attained by caring for themselves and others, sharing with others, and putting forth effort, rather than selfishly thinking only of themselves and taking the quick and easy way out. Moreover, SFK teaches that we are all connected, another concept that is often counterintuative. SFK shows kids how to take a proactive role in their own lives. SFK targets its program to kids who are at-risk from gang and drug infested inpoverished neighborhoods. However, everyone can benefit from these lessons at any age. As a teacher's assistant, you are forced to confront the ways in which you listen to your opponent's voice to act selfishly or engage in reactive behavior, so the class becomes as much a journey for you as for the kids. Understanding that the class structure is a work in progress, I've witnessed long sessions with too many concepts for the kids to assimilate at one time, and brief sessions that are all talk and not enough physical movement. Without a physical activity at the outset of class, the kids get too restless & can't remain focused on the teacher. Also, the shorter class doesn't afford the time needed to give the kids responsibility for handing out materials, leading their own discussion groups, or taking anything but a passive role in class. Sometimes locating and distributing name tags becomes too time consuming so that the teacher and TA never learn the kids' names. I have also witnessed teachers forsake using SFK tools to discipline kids for traditional scholding and admonishments in a race to cover the material and complete the art or writing project. Whereas the long classes had very time consuming pre and post class meetings, the short sessions afford no time whatsoever to discuss situations or issues that arise in class.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Once kids learn the tools, you can begin to show them how reactive, disruptive behavior will cause undesirable effects in their lives. Since you must walk the talk, you are challenged to put forth more effort in your own life to stop reactive behavior.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I was always so impressed at how positively the kids responded to the work and information they are presented. And their enthusiasm for it. How well they retained the lessons from their previous classes and applied it in their lives outside the classroom. Found myself thinking I wish I had heard this stuff when I was their age. It clearly has an impact on them that empowers them to be more thoughtful and caring individuals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Children's schools

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I was (am) a counselor for LAUSD and worked with these children and their families. I knew that this program would be just the thing to help these families learn how to thrive emotionally and socially. These tools were so valuable to these families and to me too! I loved facilitating these classes each Sunday and watched the families grow and change and become more loving to one another. I still see some of these families some 8 years later. I helped bring SFK to the schools in LAUSD which also was such a joy and huge achievement. I loved seeing this in the schools as I believe these tools are so important for everyone's lives. It was a very very rewarding time. I loved the program! Thank you so much for all you do!

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Yes I did personally experience the results as stated in the above citing. What a huge blessing this was for me, the families, and the schools as well!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

It is the most wonderful organization in the world. The way the lives of children are transformed is something I can't put into words. watching it happen right in front of your eyes is absolutely magical. One has to really be a part of this amazing work to know what its all about. I recommend it to anyone who loves working with children

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it helps transform lives

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them billions of dollars and have adds on TV so everyone in the world would know about SFK

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Growing myself as a person

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing and very kind and understanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its amazing work all around the world and help with world peace much faster

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better. well maybe if I had a billion dollars to donate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds, like all organizations it could do a great deal more with more funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love SFK

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I've decided to join the SFK after learning about the their Brilliant Curriculum and felt that I would like to give the children the tools to maximize their potential and become a better person for themselves and to Society, rather than give them temporary solutions.

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The satisfaction you get from seeing the actual change in this kids' behavior and respect to others is tremendous. The School educators testified that the improvement shows in other fields as well. Also, the change it made in my life is a blessing! Giving the opportunity to be part of this amazing organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything, I would make all effort to spread it all over the world and give every child the opportunity to be introduced to this extraordinary program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The satisfaction you get from seeing the actual change in this kids' behavior and respect to others is tremendous. The School educators testified that the improvement shows in other fields as well. Also, the change it made in my life is a blessing! Giving the opportunity to be part of this amazing organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely caring and loving people that devote their time and money, and some their life, for the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Implement the program in more schools and more kids could benefit from it. I would expand the program to all schools all over. These children are our future, by giving them the tools to overcome obstacles in life and be a better person, we set the infrastructure of better world and life to all.

Ways to make it better...

I would have more time to spend with the SFK activities. Unfortunately, I'm working full time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Recognition & awareness, Training SFK Teachers, and they need financial support from big Corporations as well as the Education Department.

One thing I'd also say is that...

In Palm Beach County, FL, for the last three years, a small group of highly motivated ladies organize a Fund Raising Luncheon at the Prestigious Boca Raton Hotel & Resort. Next Luncheon will take place on Tue 2/22/11 at the Boca Raton Resort.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I want to express my outmost appreciation for the tremendous opportunity to be a part of SFK; and to have been able to share in the experience of a lifetime, last year at Holmes Elementary. When the children start looking up to you in the classroom, you know every small action you do will shape the rest of their lives. This filled me with a tremendous responsibility and a never before felt desire to be good, and to do good, by them, their teachers, their families and eventually the world. To be a part of a movement like this is an unbelievable blessing. The moments we shared at Holmes elementary changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom. Thanks! All the best to your organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal life, when dealing with the personal issues of others. I've come to appreciate the unity we all share at a deep level. It has made me a better person.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization is absolutely needed. I would leverage their operations with funding and media awareness. If you cold only see the change in the young students after just a few classes! They need to grow and reach many more schools.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have a sincere interest in helping children deal with their life issues and become stronger adults that will make a difference. They are also very flexible with your schedule.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful, very positive and bright. Overall wonderful staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They would definitely change the world for the better. And do it the right way, which is from the inside out. And from the roots, which are our children.

Ways to make it better...

I wish I'd have more time to get more involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growth. The need funding and volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The interesting thing of working with SFK is that it impacts you as a person. When you're teaching the kids, you are teaching yourself; coming to harmony with your own life and people around you. It is amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

The value of the lessons and the experience that I received as a volunteer over several years participation with SFK are exponentially greater than for any other volunteer experience I have had. I know that for the students, their lives changed altogether. I saw the changes taking place in their art work-they used more vibrant colors, drew happier images etc. I noticed the improvement in their self-esteem and their ability to interact with others. I watched over the months and years as they described how different their lives at home had become. I saw that SFK gave these children tools with which to empower themselves, and they were able to make great strides and changes in their lives as a result. It was wonderful to work with this organization that cares, on a very real level about making changes at a seed level, changes that will go on to impact the global community for years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It was tremendously uplifting and inspiring to interact with kids and watch their lives transform...to see the strength of their spirit, when given tools to change. I too have used these basic tools to make changes in my relationships, and at work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think that many of the changes that I would suggest have already been addressed. As a volunteer, I felt that the time commitment was more than originally discussed and unfortunately, as my calendar picked up, I was no longer able to participate.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with children who are so vibrant and fun and so open with their hearts and their willingness to grow. Seeing the incredible changes that took place in their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People of all ages and all walks of life who want to make an indelible difference. I worked with musicians, teachers, marketing executives, actors...you name it. The people involved all had a synonymous goal to empower children to improve their lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I would like to see this organization have billions of bucks. I think it could create a generation of youth who have tools with which to navigate life and to create powerful and mutually beneficial changes for the world. Teach them to fish!

Ways to make it better...

I don't see how it could have been better. This was the most valuable volunteer experience I have ever had. I still draw from the experiences I had and use the lessons in my daily life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Awareness. I believe that if everyone knew how utterly remarkable this organization is, it would be implemented in various ways into our culture, programs and organizations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

SFK teaches children about the rules of the game of life. we saw kinds really have the understanding of how to choose their good voice over their negative voice. it was an amazing experience to see them transform so radically.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i receive so much joy in seeing the lives of so many people change. i know that this will help influence so much the future of our world, because these kids are changing their reality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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