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December 2, 2011

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September 27, 2010

These high school juniors and seniors are primarily first generation college go-ers and lack guidance at home to complete the process. Their essays are wonderful testaments to the difficulties they h... more

December 2, 2011

I work with students to navigate the college application process. The majority qualify for free and reduced lunch and are first generation college aspirants and/or english is a second language so help from home is more limited. The subject matter of their essays shows maturity, bravery, and perserverance; they undergo experiences that most of their peers never face. They don't always understand that they are unique in overcoming unusual obstacles. They all understand the importance of a college education. I greatly admire how much they can/have accomplished on their own and with College Tracks guidance. The leverage to society of College Tracks' work is enormous.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 27, 2010

These high school juniors and seniors are primarily first generation college go-ers and lack guidance at home to complete the process. Their essays are wonderful testaments to the difficulties they have overcome, from homelessness to English as a second language, to working while attending school, to caring for their family members while attending school. There is no question that they want to attend college; they just need guidance to complete the process to get there.

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

the acceptances the students receive for college. Some are local schools becuase they are needed at home, but some are far flung and considerable financial aid packages, some of the packages quite complex.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more adults to get involved in helping them. the staff does an amazing job on a small budget.

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

working with the achievement oriented students and the nurturing and knowledgeable staff.

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

informed, gracious, patient, instructive.

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

enrich the aspects they already serve, such as providing guidance during the school transition, helping with travel funds or uncovered school expenses, providing mentors or contacts while at college in order to help keep them there.

Ways to make it better...

I were more knowledgeable, but now, 2 years later, I am more helpful to the students.

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

meeting the demand by students in underserved areas.

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

These students can make a real contribution to society. Getting them into college is so important for our society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 13, 2010

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October 13, 2010

College Tracks is a powerful educational model for bringing the community together to support low income students and their families. It provides unique and sorely needed opportunities to educate students about the college process, obtain pubic grants and private scholarships, and balance their current needs with their dreams for the future. College Tracks also educates parent volunteerss on the college process and the challenges facing underserved communities. Its a win-win partnership and its leadership deserves the highest commendation!

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

Ive personally experienced the results in witnessing the students navigate the complexities of the college and scholarship process, be accepted and attend college, and express pride and joy in their accomplishments!

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

If I had to make changes, I would fund College Tracks more heavily, hire more staff, and take the model to every underserved high school in the country.

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

The people who run College Tracks genuinely care about giving top-quality educational opportunities to students whose family finances would shut them out from these resources. College Tracks dedicates itself to recruiting and encouraging students who start out with fewer advantages and less academic preparation than their peers--and the program gives them the opportunity to work on skills that will help them to compete and succeed, encouraging them to pursue a college education. I applaud the organization, and I have tremendous respect and admiration for the fellow teachers and tutors who offer top-quality instruction to students who need it most.

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

My teaching of College Tracks students, who were apt in learning strategies for the SAT and ACT, and who were very grateful to have guidance on this important area of college preparation. One CT student, a refugee, won a merit scholarship to college.

Ways to make it better...

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

More resources! Although they do very well with what they've got, with more, this organization could do what it does best; smaller classes would help the students even more.

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

The dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm of the students who benefit from it.

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

Kind, caring, strong leaders, and committed to helping students achieve their goals, and set high goals for their future education.

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

Institute itself in a more systematic way to help disadvantaged students prepare for college entrance tests in a manner that is equitable with their advantaged counterparts' preparation; they would help to make U.S. education truly democratic.

Ways to make it better...

The classes for students could have been smaller so that their learning could be more individualized.

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

Funding and parent/student commitment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

A lean, extraordinarily effective organization. Just ask the hundreds of students whose lives they have changed at B-CC and Wheaton High Schools.

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

I have observed lots of non-profits try to assist people in need. I ran an NGO myself and used to do substantial legal pro bono work. In few of those activities, however, have I felt that the organizations leading such efforts, made as much of a permanent difference in as many peoples' lives as College Tracks does in their daily work. With the guidance from College Track's lean and extraordinary staff, volunteers really can help College Tracks in their singular work opening up opportunities for students who would miss them entirely. The warm, encouraging, disciplined atmosphere keeps the kids and volunteers coming back.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone Liz McLeod (B-CC) and Karen Tcheyan (Wheaton) and their tiny staffs. Their warm personalities, drive and knowledge is why the students want to come in and do the hard and sometimes tedious work that needs to be done to open doors.

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

The warmth and humor. Students respond to that encouragement and meet deadlines and make hard choices when they're in that kind of warm, but disciplined environment.

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

the best

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

change even more lives; identify students earlier and keep in touch when they're in college or post-high school employment.

Ways to make it better...

my early trainings had been more hands-on.

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

money; trying to meet the demand; staying small enough to remain personal, but meeting a huge demand;

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

I have been involved with CollegeTracks since January, 2007. I am the past president of the Board, a current Board member, and an active volunteer. I currently help prepare kids at Wheaton High School for the ACT.

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

I have observed CollegeTracks assist hundreds of students through the entire college admission's process. I have seen kids obtain acceptance to, and financial aid for, colleges and universities they never would have known about without CollegeTracks.

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

Working with the wonderful kids!

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

The best!!

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

Expand to meet the needs of many more students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

College Tracks is an amazing college access nonprofit assisting underserved students in Montgomery County. Not only is it helping students attend college, but in the process students are learning more about themselves; gaining self confidence and trusting in their abilities. The staff works with students one-on-one in an encouraging and positive environment. They look at each student's individual situation and tailor college suggestions appropriately. After college acceptance they are not "forgotten" but actively followed by College Track's College Success program. College Tracks is truly making a difference in students lives and it's so exciting to be a part of it. I'm sure volunteers and staff would agree that we are the lucky ones to be able to get to know and work with these fantastic students!

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

watching the growing number of students helped by College tracks and successful in their college search.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

College Tracks is a well run organization with a well-defined mission: helping kids make it to college who don't have the parental/advisee infrastructure available to guide them throught the college application process. I have worked with many kids who are in college now, who would not be there without the help that College Tracks provided. These are smart, able kids who just need advice on how to navigate the VERY DIFFICULT application process.

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

the lives of the students that are now attending college.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

As a pediatrician and a parent, I understand how difficult it can be to navigate the college application process for even the most pampered children. Helping the student population at Wheaton High School is immensely gratifying as they are often without home support and they are tremendously appreciative. Many are new immigrants and/or first generation college attendees. Getting into college will hopefully enable their entire family to benefit from their experience. I have learned as much from them about their life's experiences as they have learned from me about the application process. I love reading their college essays and helping them tell their own often fascinating stories in their own voice.

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

my weekly encounters with exceptional students and staff. I love to see where the students get into college, what funding they get and then hear the follow up as they begin the college process.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

I started volunteering at College Tracks because I realized, from my own parenting experience, that you need an involved, experienced and concerned adult to get through the complicated process of applying to college. College Tracks is the most rewarding volunteer experience that I have had--the students are motivated, appreciative, and we know that college makes a huge difference in a person's life. Nancy Leopold, the founding Executive Director is brilliant; and the staff is caring, smart, empathic and creative. I have also participated as a volunteer in a newly created College Success program because the staff understands that the students also need support once they get accepted to college and through their college experience.

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

The most tangible results are that first generation and low income students are given a chance to go to college--there is an overwhelming success rate both in admissions and financial aid for terrific students.

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

direct opportunities to assist terrific students.

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

amazing--smart, empathic, patient, motivated, and creative.

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

expand into other schools and jurisdictions. Follow the students more closely during college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

If this wonderful organization could be duplicated in every school and every city, a college education would become accessible to many more of those students who have not dared dream of the possibility of attending a college or university or of being able to afford to go. The staff and volunteers work one-on-one with students and their families by guiding them through the college application and scholarship search process. In addition to helping students gain access to a college education, there are programs that help guide students once they have been accepted and enrolled. Students all know that they will find help and support at College Tracks.

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

I was a former ESOL teacher who has sent all my students to College Tracks. One of my former students told me on his graduation day, "I can't believe that I will be able to go to college. My parents had to drop out of elementary school."

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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