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February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

I first joined the Center For Youth Development Through Law in the summer of 2005 with an interest in law and public policy but graduated with an enormous passion for politics. As a Political Science major at the University of California, Davis, I owe much to the director and staff of the Fellowship that helped me put my skills to the test and helped me find the drive to pursue my interest in law and government.

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

Influential, vibrant, and extremely knowledgeable. Without the assistance of the staff (especially the director), I would not have been able to hone my skills in a way that employers find vital

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

Greatly expand its offices and operations into other counties in California and perhaps other states as well. With an increase of funds, this program can help the youth from all over the state who have an interest in law or public policy

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

This program is nothing short of amazing, beneficial, productive, and has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I graduated from the program in 2007 and am currently the youngest and only graduate on the Board today. I had a wonderful internship, and really built on my resume, communication and speaking skills, and made relationships that will last a life time. The Center For Youth Development of Law gave me a platform of opportunities that I never would have gotten anywhere else. They gave me a scholarship that allowed me to achieve my higher education career at St. Mary's College of California and gave me the motivation to pursue my dreams as an attorney. This program changes lives, I am a living example and testify to that.

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

So many ways, from my internship, the life and world of work skills that I took away from the program, the networking and overall the opportunities that this program has created for me have been incredible.

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

It has really changed my life and done for me what no other program has or ever could do. It is one of a kind, and I actually aspire to create a program modeled after this one because of the great impact it had on me and in my life.

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

There to really make a difference, and you could tell. Each student had the chance to be paired with a mentor and the mentors were volunteers, they were great. The Board of Directors are volunteers, without them the program wouldn't be possible.

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

Serve so many more students and could do so much more. For this program finances is the biggest set back so to have that kind of budget would allow for the program to do a whole lot more of what they have already been able to accomplish.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 31, 2010

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January 31, 2010

This program introduced me to so many different experiences and helped me a lot in future career choices. Not only did it introduced to law classes at Berkeley and allowing me to experience what it was like to study on a college campus, it also set me with an internship at AIDS Project East Bay in Oakland since I really want to do work in the health field. The program really taught me a lot about professionalism, introduce me to how law and justice operates in our society, and many other lessons that were so useful in my college application and work resume. This program truly does help to broaden one's horizon and is an incredible resource and experience.

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

it exposed me to other resources and internships in my area of interests and provided me with the skills and tools to succeed in it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

January 31, 2010

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January 31, 2010

If it wasn't fot the Legal Fellowship program and programs like these I honestly do not think I would have had the confidence to even apply for this program. The people that I met, my mentors and my peers, encouraged me to work through the emotional hurdles that I was placing around myself. Programs like these help youth in the inner-city by giving us real life examples of how far we can make it if we really push. Of course, the part about learning about law was equally important and I was thankful to have experienced it. But honestly, I wish more programs like this could exist everywhere.

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

my personal life. With my own self-esteem building and confidence in my academic ability.

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Ways to make it better...

If I had put more effort into keeping up with the program after it was over.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

January 29, 2010

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January 29, 2010

This was one of the best programs I've participated in and it gave me a better understanding of how our Justice system works. The program also offered me an internship to work at the Oakland City Council back in 2006 which gave me an opportunity to work in a professional environment alongside councilmembers and their aides. I enjoyed the classes that this program offered, and also the scholarship awards in which I also was fortunate to receive when I was in the program. I hope that this program will continue to exist far in the future so that students will have the same opportunities I did.

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

extremely helpful and admirable. The staff and instructors were former law school students and they became my role models because they have already accomplish things that I want to do in the future.

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my internship was more focused in the court room, not just in an office. I felt restrained someimes even though I enjoyed my internship. I felt like there are way more different areas of laws that the internships can focus on.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

January 29, 2010

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January 29, 2010

You know when you have your life flash before your eyes? My experience was kind of like that, but not in that context. It was so great that everything just went by so fast it was hard to tell and imagine that it was over so soon. I have never known that it could be so astounding and intriguing.

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

The Internships,I was an intern at City Hall where I had learned a lot about the city of Oakland and how things were handled at City Hall. The courses,the classes in this program helped me acquire many skills that I use even today.

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

The staff was always cheerful and helpful; you would hardly see them in a bad mood. They were on point with their material and always was there to listen to you when you needed someone to talk to about whatever came to mind.

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

Possibly expand and help other underprivilidged students throughout the united states learn more about the justice system or even the way life is.

Ways to make it better...

The funding was increased, I understand that we are in recession, but with a little boost in funds this program will help underprivilidged youth have a better idea of how things work in law as well as life in general.

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

Funding, without sufficient funding the program can get nowhere and probably flop, but speaking from an underprivilidged student's point of view if there were ways to heko me succeed funding would help this a lot.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 26, 2010

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January 26, 2010

My experiences with the Summer Legal Fellowship Program were nothing but wonderful. As a student under the program, i worked with a great staff focusing on trial skills, work etiquette, and Constitutional Law. Along with classes, i also had the pleasure of working with the California State Bar Association as in Intern in their Human resources and Accounting Department. The combination of all these great opportunities helped me learn more about myself and the real world than anything I've experienced before. The tools, contacts, and resources I've taken for this experience will without a doubt put me ahead of the competition and I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

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

Meeting Nancy and all of my fellow peers.

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

Professional, fun, and overall great people to be around.

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

Expand on it and help it develop to its full potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 26, 2010

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January 26, 2010

I recruit students from my classes for the program, and have volunteered on occasion. I work with students before and after their experience, and I am always amazed at their growth. The program routinely brings out positive qualities in my students that I never knew they had. They return to the next schoolyear with more confidence, more maturity, and a better understanding of what they want out of high school. They rave about their experiences, thank me profusely for recommending them, and assist me eagerly in recruiting other students for the next year. The follow-up after the summer is also impressive: mentors, reunions, yearbooks, etc. I know how difficult it is to make a program like this successful, and I have seen few that accomplish as much.

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

The growth of my students when they return from the summer. They are much more directed after this experience.

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

Grow it. Or, if this is the optimal size for the program, replicate it.

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

The personability and professionalism of the director and the teaching staff.

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

Top notch, dedicated folks who really care about the whole person of the students they work with.

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

1. Replicate itself and serve more youth 2. Add a second and/or third year to the program: add to the students' growth, and perhaps guide them into effective post-secondary plans

Ways to make it better...

I could have figured out how to do what they do myself.

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

Survival in recession. The program relies on grants, gifts and volunteerism that tend to recede when times get hard.

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

Thank you, Nancy!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 25, 2010

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January 25, 2010

My first experience with the Center for Youth Development Through Law was in 2001 when I taught Race and the Constitution during the 9-week summer program. I was extremely impressed with the Director, Nancy Schiff and her commitment to the students that had been selected as program participants. Beginning with a rigorous academic program, students were prepared to enter an internship in the legal field. This preparation included team-building exercises, workplace etiquette, and perhaps most importantly, workshops that supported student's personal and emotional growth. The graduation ceremony that took place at the program's conclusion evidenced the mutual trust, respect and caring that had developed among students, teachers and employers over the course of the program. I continue to remain involved with the center as a board member and assist the program each summer by visiting work-sites and evaluating student performance on the job. Employers rave about their intern's professionalism and job readiness. I highly recommend this program to under-represented bay area youth. Whether or not students intend to pursue a career in the law, the skills that participants receive will be invaluable in college and beyond.

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

my role as both a teacher with the program and board member. Although this is not the primary goal, eight former participants are either in law school or have completed their legal education.

Ways to make it better...

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

figure out how to bring in more dollars.

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

The tremendous support for students that but for the program, would be less likely to have direct exposure to the legal profession.

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

Fabulous, committed and highly skilled.

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

duplicate the program all over the world!

Ways to make it better...

More students could participate!

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

Gathering enough financial support to do their work.

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

This is a very special program and I hope that more people find it in their hearts to support the good work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 24, 2010

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January 24, 2010

The experience I recived by participating in The Summer Fellow Ship prgram is something I would never regret and Iam so thankfull for.I worked in Oakland P.D and it was something I always wanted to do since I want to become a Police Officer or a CSI.This program is graet it helps people of low income and it also becomes a place wher they show you how to not give up even if is hard.This is more then a job ,this is a place that help you strenght your skills,and learn how to deal with the outside world.I hope this program continue to help people ,It does make a change.

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

thet were people who made you feel like if you was at home,they un derstand and they are verry kind.They just dont teach they give you everything they have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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