Student Advocacy, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Education

Location: 3 West Main Street Elmsford NY 10523 USA

Mission: Student Advocacy gets kids on track to school success. Our mission is to ensure a meaningful school experience for each student struggling to overcome the odds through services distinguished by
• expertise in the laws and practices of school systems, social services, mental health services and the juvenile justice system;
• a commitment to breaking down barriers in any system that are obstacles to student success;
• extensive collaboration with other child service providers and with families;
• negotiation and use of any necessary administrative remedies;
• a commitment to effecting system change through advocacy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been a board member for several years, and have had the opportunity to see a tremendous professional growth in both the agency and the staff. While there might be others who may be able to offer similar services, there is nowhere else, and no one else available to help students and families with limited or no financial resources. The respect that the agency receives from the school districts, courts, DSS, Probation and other social service agencies is a clear testament to the expertise and abilities of our talented staff.

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

The agency worked with the school districts involved and the educational issues of my clients were resolved. I have been able to get technical assistance which helped me better represent my clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've helped mobilize several major communities in Westchester County to address chronic truancy. Student Advocacy has been a powerful voice for families, and it has consistently helped inform our collaborative discussions with fresh viewpoints that have helped us understand how schools can make internal adjustments (relating to safety, transportation, school choice, special education services offered, etc.) that can help remove barriers to consistent attendance by children who have been chronically truant. As a result our collaborative work has been more balanced and effective. Student Advocacy has been widely recognized as a unique and vital resource for families experiencing educational difficulties, that helps families and schools work together more effectively.

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

helping schools and other institutions understand a broader range of reasons leading to chronic truancy, including where the problem is at least partly in the school (safety, transportation, educational services not offered, etc.)and not just in the home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have known of this agency for 26 years.I admire the work they do and hear regularly about their successes. Since the staff help many young women and girls be successful in school, they are empowering them and helping them to have successful lives.

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

Their annual awards dinner which I recently attended featured several student success stories.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Many of the youth who come to my shelter have long-term conflicts at home. We work hard to tease out all the factors contributing to the struggles. Not surprising, school related problems are often a major factor. Student Advocacy is made up of dedicated and intellent attorneys and advocates who get the student record, work to understand the complexities of the family and the academic struggle. They help parents (ususlly mothers, often single mothers with a list of their own problems) understand the child better and help them without blame get the right services so their child can succeed. They produce amazing results. They form bonds with youth and families that last far beyond graduation. They are a life saving tool for many. I could not have the success we have in the shelter without their work.

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

many ways. Students who were not going to school, started attending. Students deems "uneducable" were placed in the right setting and graduated! Mothers who were falling apart emotionally began to parent their children effectively.

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

give them more money to hire more attorneys to help more families. the need is greater in the community than they can presently satisfy.

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

the success i have seem for the families we served together.

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

intellegent, kind, competent, responsive.

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

produce mush higher gradution rates for the youth of our county.

Ways to make it better...

i could have retained an advocate for my weekly case conference, but that funding, unfortunately went away with the massive budget reductions we were all forced to make.

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

limited funds to do all the work that needs to be done for the families in our county.

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

i am so happy to marginally affiliated with such a high caliber organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Feedback from families has always been positive. They have "moved mountains" to help children with emotional and behaviors isses get the right servcies and the right time.

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

watching the success of children.

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

Assist MORE families in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am an education law professor and have been on Student Advocacy's board since 2007. I am proud to be part of an organization that provides such practical, effective help to enable students to succeed in school. I think one of the best testaments to Student Advocacy is the fact that so many of their referrals come directly from school districts with whom they have worked in the past.

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

meeting some of the students whom Student Advocacy has served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Student Advocacy is dedicated to obtaining for every child the education that best suits his or her skills and needs and to which they are entitled by law. By informing their parents or guardians (mothers are usually the ones who contact us) of the resources available to them, this can be accomplished. Of course, educating young women (and men) will create a new generation of productive and capable citizens. Currently, the agency is serving 667 children being served in 41 school districts.

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

Hearing stories of youg women (and men) whose lives have been changed through Stdent Advocacy's help is the "proof of the pudding".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

There is nothing more debilitating for a Mother than to have her child having serious problems in school. Whether the problems stem from behavioral issues, learning disabilities and/or health concerns, Student Advocacy works with the parent and the school to find a workable solution to get the student on a learning tract. The parent learns to advocate for her child with the teachers and school administrators as well as to effectively challenge her child. Student Advocacy has an excellent staff that works with the school and parent until a path to a successful school experience is developed. While not every child becomes an award winner for his or her progress, each child has a team for the student to rely on for help. What a relief this provides the whole family: the Mother especially and Father are freed from the worry and fear of being alone in dealing with a failing and/or ill child. School becomes part of the solution instead of the other half of the problem.

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

Attending award ceremonies honoring children who have benefited greatly from the intervention of Student Advocacy in their school life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We have often collaborated with Student Advocacy in seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers in order to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Student advocacy has also been helpful in providing technical assistance with educational law regarding the the rights of homeless students.

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

Student Advocacy furnished legal information which we passed on to a homeless family. A child was being kept out of school, pending an evaluation. The parent was informed that the District should enroll the child, which the parent then did.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Student Advocacy, Inc. is probably the only organization of its kind within our 9 county region. So many families in the NY State area find themselves feeling marginalized and even victimized when their child needs the protection of educational advocacy. Not only do they serve the families with great vigor, but Student Advocacy offers families whose children may face significant challenges empathy, support, comfort, and respect that often is missing from their interaction with the general public and of course, the school systems. Student Advocacy, Inc. does not just protect a child's educational rights. Student Advocacy, Inc. makes certain the child and their family feels engaged in and supported in our society. Student Advocacy, Inc. is highly valued by the region, and is an ideal model for replication in other counties/regions.

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

Every year Student Advocacy has an Overcoming the Odds (OTO) Dinner where young people are recognized by S.A. & the region who have succeeded in school & performed inspiring endeavors. This is a great night as the youth show their work.

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

Actually, I would try to raise additional funds so S.A. reach further into NYS and positively affect more children. That would be the ideal change...

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

They remain caring, supportive advocates for educational rights of children with challenges.

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

Knowledgeable, diligent and persevering, and focused on improving the well being of children.

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

Reach beyond its service area and meet the needs of many more children and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I have a good experience with Student Advocacy.

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

Funding....

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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