TRADE&ROW CORP

Rating: 4.5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 531249 % Karin Pleasant Los Angeles CA 90053 USA

Mission:

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with T&R since the inception. I have been impressed with the scope of their projects and quality of the programming. The project that stands out is Postcards when T&R brought young filmmakers from MD and CA together in a screening in Long Beach. the films were amazing and the quality of discussion between the different profound.

I think that the non-profit has done a lot with little but with a bit more assistance I believe that they could do more for local youth.

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

the programming they recently offered in 2010.

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

suggest they focus on specific themes they want to address yearly.

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Rating: 4 stars  

All in all, my experience with Trade&Row was superb. I was a volunteer instructor for the Zine project in partnership with GAP back in 2009. Trade&Row organized each step of the way with grace and provided us with the tools we needed to conduct the workshops with the students. Pens, pencils, scissors, markers, etc were all provided and allowed the students to effectively explore the processes of creating small, handmade magazines out of found and basic materials.

The goal of the project was to introduce basic visual communication tools to the students that they could hopefully refer back to if it was ever necessary or desirable. The best part, was that by the tail end of the workshop every child was enthusiastically and personally vested in each of their zines. Considering that during the initial classes some of the kids weren't talking much or open to the idea of creating a zine based around their own interests and thoughts, this was a big win for all those involved. Of course, the children who already had a knack for art and the desire to learn more about the field got the most out of the workshops.

A suggestion that could help future projects like zine would be to include more guests of different disciplines from the outset, in order to have a wider appeal to the students in the program. We tried to bring different guests each week to present their work and to help the students with their zines, but sometimes invited guests would flake because of low interests and/or a weak commitment. Perhaps if the guests were included in the opening dialog from the outset, their commitment and the weaving of different disciplines would of been stronger.

With that said, I would absolutely work with them again, and their selfless devotion to the creation of these fantastic civic programs is truly inspiring.

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

A positive way. Some of the students left the class saying they probably wouldn't make a zine outside of a class even though they enjoyed the workshops. While others said they really enjoyed the class and would probably make more. Regardless, the students enjoyed working on something after school that was both positive and that kept them out of trouble.

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

Perhaps have the itinerary better coordinated prior to commencing the weekly workshops. Crafting a calendar of confirmed guests and lesson plans with the instructors involved would of helped and keep pace. But it was a first for everyone involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Have the program closer to my home town. Haha... it was a lengthy commute.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely. Working with kids isn't exactly easy. This was my first time working with youth.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fantastic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I researched Trade&Row and thought to myself, this organization sounds like the type of organization I need to partner with to execute an idea for a project I had in mind. Turns out I was correct in my early assumption of Trade&Row and proceeded to contact them and present my idea. The idea resulted in the Bridging the Gap project which not only connected my collective, Black Artists Renaissance Society with Trade&Row but also connected us Raise It Up! Youth Hip Hop Awareness. Once we all started the dialogue we moved forward and executed the project. Initially I thought Trade&Row would serve the purpose that we needed to make the project happen and I was correct, due to their history of working with organizations that serve the community and aspire to improve it one project at a time. I admire Trade&Row and the work they do, believe me I took a chance submitting a proposal to Trade&Row and it was a chance I do not regret.

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

Project was a success.

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

No.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Trade&Row has come a long way since it first started, grower better with each event and program. Every program brings fresh and diverse perspectives to very relevant topics and subject matters, while still being entertaining and stimulating.

Programs like POSTCARD and ZINE demonstrate how Trade&Row are committed to enriching the learning experiences of young people. These programs encourage youth to engage their communities through the arts.

I look forward to seeing Trade&Row grow further and continue to meaningfully impact young people for years to come.

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

their program POSTCARD, which brought together two groups of young people from different parts of the country. The experience proved how important it is to expose youth to different perspectives and personal experiences while sharing their own.

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

like for them to increase their exposure in the community and in the local media.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel that a lot of effort was put into the program to make it as engaging as possible for students, however, the duration of the program was a bit too short for its filmmaking nature. Nonetheless, I feel that I learned a lot about documentary filmmaking by viewing very personal films created by people who live across the country. It's very interesting to note the distinctly different lives everyone lives.

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

creating documentary films.

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

allow the program to last longer than a weekend. Trying to create a film in one weekend with people you've never met before can be challenging.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very impressed with the work Trade & Row is doing in the community. Especially, the latest projects (Bridge the Gap).... This type of programming encourages community involvement and gives positive opportunities for the youth.

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

Flint, MI....when events such as these are brought into a community such ours...it promotes hope and life. (in a place that considered the "murder capital")

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

Encourage more events in the Michigan area.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I helped put together a dance fundraiser...
Karin Pleasant did a great job finding talent and organizing the talent.
The location and organization of the fundraiser (Global Soul) was very well put together.
Constructive Criticism .. Karin definitely could have used more support from board members at that time both physically and financially.

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

it was nice to see that the purpose of the benefit was going to impact the youth in regards to the arts

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

I'm not sure.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Our organization, RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness was contacted by Trade and Row to do a youth project in Flint. We, then, partnered with the Black Artists Renaissance Society in Atlanta and "Bridging the Gap" was born. Bridging the Gap happened in Flint and Atlanta in 2010.

Trade and Row has been a great partner. Their deep commitment to providing youth with opportunities to learn and expand is not only evident through Bridging the Gap but through their other programs as well. We look forward to the continued collaboration.

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

working with them on the BTG project. Because this project took place in Flint and Atlanta, Trade and Row took a more backseat approach, with much of the logistical event planning falling to the organizations at the site locations. Next year, we anticipate BTG taking place in Los Angeles with Trade & Row as the lead organization.

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

Expand awareness about what they're doing. As with most non-profits, there are little to no funds for marketing. So, I think the organization would benefit greatly by expanding marketing and garnering more support, particularly financially.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about this organization when one of the directors of Trade&Row who is a native of Flint, MI sought to give back to youth in this city. Together with local organizations they sponsored the 'Bridging The Gap' arts and social awareness event that took place in Flint, MI and Atl, GA. I was very pleased by their effort.

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

the positive response of the youth who participated in the Bridging The Gap workshops they helped to sponsor.

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

finds ways to increase their budget to multiply their efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2009-2010 school year, my film students had the privilege to participate in the POSTCARD project. It was an invaluable experience as it provided them with multiple learning opportunities. Most of them have never been to LA, and some of them have never been on a
plane before this trip. Trade & Row gave my students the experience of Hollywood. This was a unique opportunity for them as future filmmakers, especially since they were able to visit the Universal Studios and learned about some of the behind-the-scenes techniques. Also, by screening their films in a real movie theatre with a real audience, my students became real filmmakers. They met local film students and filmmakers and that provided for a great networking opportunity as well. My students learned from watching other students’ films, and were so motivated by the experience that they even made a short experimental video on the plane ride back to Maryland. The work that was produced during the entire POSTCARD experience brought new insights to my students, and some of them even won awards and monetary prizes for their films.

So, I want to thank Trade & Row for this AMAZING opportunity, and I hope that new Carver Center film students can continue to partake in this wonderful, education experience.

P.S. Just so you know, the students that participated last year have been raving about this experience and asking if they could participate again!

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

see above

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

expand it - so that more students can participate!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through an e-mail forward.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

See above

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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