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March 5, 2010
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March 5, 2010
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I am blessed to be able to enhance the kids experience in performing by creating costumes for them. I don't know where I would find a more diverse, loving, talented, respectful, group of children anywhere. Working with them one on one I am able to see what shining lights they are, how committed to developing their skills and how committed they are to one another and the success of the program.

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

This organization works...the children that stay in the program go on to college, many of them to prestigious Universities with full scholarships. They come from all ethnicities, economic backgrounds, religious beleifs and work well together.

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

Clone it and drop the clones into cities around the world.

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

Feeling the joy of the kids when they wear their new costumes. Seeing their interest in what it takes to design and make them. Interacting with kids and staff.

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

Committed, artsy, fun, overworked, knowledgable, absolutely working for the good of the kids.

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

Have state of the art equipment and hire more staff. Reach more children in more areas of the city. Spend more time doing what they do best...building esteem and team work in the kids, and less time running around after donors.

Ways to make it better...

We had more staff and volunteers.

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

The usual...overworked, underpaid staff.

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

Did I say "I love these kids"? I do, they are wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I first heard about CircEsteem from an actress working in San Francisco. She had helped found the organization when she was living in Chicago. When she learned that I was moving with my mid-elementary and middle school children to Chicago, she told me to look them up. I did and enrolled my two children -- aged 9 and 11 in introductory circus arts classes. Once a week, we traveled from Evanston to Chicago to participate in classes with city kids and kids from Lake Forest, another northern suburb. It gave my kids a great opportunity to work with kids of other socioeconomic backgrounds and to learn circus arts at the same time. The director, Paul Miller, always made my children and all the children welcome and encouraged them in all their endeavors. He brought great energy, enthusiasm and interest to each and everyone in his presence -- adults and children alike. My daughter and I also participated in the after school tutoring program -- she as part of a community service project and I because I am a learning specialist. While my daughter and I were tutoring, vollunteers from the Lycee School, a french elementary and high school, in Chicago also were tutoring kids. I thought what an amazing way to gather people together for mutual benefit and learning.My husband has taken photographs for Circusteem on numerous occasions. When I go into a city school where I work, I see posters with his photographs, advertising upcoming performances. Since my kids have been involved with Circusteem, we have attended fundraisers and performances. I am always amazed at the incredible skills that the performers bring to their programs. Circusteeem is indeed a great asset to the greater Chicago community.

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

having my children participate in circus arts classes and the after school tutoring program.

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Ways to make it better...

The Saturday classes were not so early in the morning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

When my son was an active, 7-year-old, he took a circus/clowning class after school. He was encouraged to attend the Saturday morning class at an inner-city youth center. Now at 17, he's comfortable on stage, can do circus arts, has a personality for his clown self, but most of all is very close with the circus team: teaches the newer kids, performs with the experienced kids. He is on a gig this morning and doing a different show tomorrow. His circus team has kids from different continents, different economic classes, different races, and different first-languages, yet none of this diversity is remarkable to him; instead they must focus on their next performance. I am an attorney turned tutor. I get to help circus kids with homework after school to balance their after school circus work. The determination and energy of these kids is a joy. Even the young ones can progress and master skills and it shows in their stage presence. And I am working on juggling rings.

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

learning to juggle and spin plates. Watching young kids develop circus skills, self esteem, improve literacy, and obtain full scholarships to college. Watching my son start as a young child and now be supporting and leading younger kids.

Ways to make it better...

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

have a healthy endowment to support us through the lean times.

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

spending time with the kids. I probably would never have met them outside circus.

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

incredibly dedicated! A joy to be around that kind of energy. Most of the staff is unpaid.

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

expand outreach, buy some new juggling balls, pay some of the volunteers, hire our own kids after college graduation, repair the van (or buy a new one), have an outdoor summer camp site, buy more unicycles, have an endowment for the lean times.

Ways to make it better...

I had started tutoring years ago.

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

trying to raise enough funds to sustain us through the down economy.

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

without circus I don't know what our kids would do, what they would have to focus on, how they would direct all their energy, or what opportunities they would find to shine. I don't want to see that light go out for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

circesteem/chicago youth circus was the perfect place for our son to bring his quirky skills and quiet personality. it is a place where encouragement, responsibility and team spirit are consistently applied. where city, suburban and refugees kids come together and build trust, cooperation and lead to lasting friendships. their performances consistently impress.

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

the maturity of my son, and the joy he gets from his involvement.

Ways to make it better...

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

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Ways to make it better...

more parents knew about it and more kids were involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

CircEsteem helps kids build skills and confidence through the Circus Arts. I have met and worked the kids involved in CircEsteem and have seen the results of their dedication in their fantastic shows. Some of the kids have gone on to professional careers in the Circus Arts. My kids enjoyed themselves, learned some tricks and helped others through their on site tutoring program. On several occasions I have photographed the performers for their promotional posters and during their wonderful shows. This is a vital and important non-profit organization.

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

seeing it provide unexpected opportunities for growth and new dimensions for the kids, the staff and the volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

This is a transformative program for city youth, bringing together a remarkable assortment of kids at all levels from the newbies to the vets. It has a strong educational/homework base with proven results (scholarships, academic achievements) and a physical fun and skills component that is linked to other youth circus groups around the US and Europe. Kids stay with this for years as they learn and grow, and who can blame them despite the demanding effort it takes! Great staff, great kids, great program!

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

Witnessing the degree to which it affects my own daughter's (15) school work, and her determination to maintain the GPA needed to stay in circus work. This has been going on for 5 years! She has some great friends she would not otherwise have met; me too.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide a new van for their performance excursions, and an additional FT or 2 PT staff to share the load.

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

The joy of watching kids do things they frankly never thought possible, and gain that extra measure of poise and confidence by mastering skills.

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

Dedicated, not all of the parents, but all determined to help Circesteem "make a difference" in a tough neighborhood and with some often challenged kids. Many of the staff are circus performers with major skills of their own; their dynamic is professional

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

Reach hundreds of kids instead of just a hundred, and bring some lively and motivating spirit (and great physical stuff like trapeze and gym wheel) to more schools. The results in school performance are widely seen as the outcome, but it's just the start.

Ways to make it better...

As always, there are few resources for many needs, and the staff can often get toasted for want of back office and development help.

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

Some recent board changes have left some aspects of the organization deeply strengthened, but others less fully served. Some formal board development work is in order for the future.

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

This is one of those very Odd Recipes that comes out over time with a continuous quality "batch after batch," and the kids themselves become the new mentors of the next batch

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

As a supporter of CircEsteem, I have watched the organization transform young people's lives, taking them from refugees to future doctors in training. I have never worked with an organization that commits so much time and energy into developing amazing young leaders and mentors.

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

the total commitment of staff, students, volunteers, and donors.

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

truly dedicated and believed in the power of social circus

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

empower thousands of young people to create the change they want to see in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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