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October 15, 2007
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October 15, 2007
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The Coro Fellowship Program is unlike any program in which I have participated. It brings together young people who are truly passionate about effecting positive change in their world. The fellows I currently work with are intelligent, informed, and driven. The Coro staff is supportive for the most part and are usually there as recourse for Fellows. The space in Pgh is amazing and accessible. Coro also provides access to city leaders; and our placements really seem to connect with understanding the civic operations of the city. There is a strong element of leadership training in the program. Coro is challenging, but if a right fit for the participant, is extremely enjoyable. In the future, I would like to see more cultural and socio-economic diversity amongst fellows. And, if this is subtly present and I haven't yet picked up on it (not finished with the experience), I hope that there are upcoming structured opportunities to explore this issue of diversity in our group.

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

my professional and personal growth/progress; its alumni!

Ways to make it better...

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

Hold a large fundraising gala; update the computer facilities.

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

the dedicated people I've met and the challenging and interesting projects to which Fellows have been exposed.

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

professional and dedicated.

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

afford to give all fellows stipends; have a greater number of staff members to run its operation.

Ways to make it better...

I'm still a participant, but more realistic timeframes to obtain thorough, quality end results for projects...perhaps a longer time period for the program, say an actual year, so that things are not so crammed.

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

funding; more impressive recruitment. The Fellows Program really is remarkable...I wish more people were aware of it.

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

I'd like to see more interaction among centers, that is more interaction and interfacing amongst fellows in NY, Pgh, St. L, LA, and SF.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

October 14, 2007
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October 14, 2007
5 people found this review helpful

Coro is challenging to review comprehensively because it encompasses so many different programs, and I am only experienced with one of these. So, I will focus my review on my specific experience. I am a current participant in the Fellows Program in Public Affairs 2008. The program places diverse leaders in various placements in government / non-profit / business, and then allows the Fellows to design their own placement towards the end of the program. The other aspect involves leadership development training provided by various members of the Coro Staff, and interviews with high-profile leaders in Pittsburgh. Though only in the program for less than two months, I have been impressed with my experience so far, and Coro staff have been helpful in developing our group dynamic (a major challenge) as well as assisting my individual progress. The access we have to leaders is incredible, and my placements so far have been rewarding in their challenge and opportunity. Coro itself seems to be undergoing a few personnel changes, but the programs are seemingly unaffected by this retooling.

The Great!

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

Past Fellows and Public Allies who are now active leaders in various sectors of the Pittsburgh community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create an opportunity to develop more participant-created projects into published articles or studies

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

Direct access to decision-makers; Placements which provide an opportunity for a great impact in a short period of time;

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

Staff challenges participants to ask the right questions; friendly work environment; passionate about Pittsburgh; respectful and careful not to allow opinions or ideology to inform learning opportunities

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

Create and maintain more programs; become a public policy clearinghouse to inform Pittsburgh decision-makers

Ways to make it better...

Still not done, but I would enjoy if the placement periods lasted longer per sector

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

Like any nonprofit, finding a sustainable long-term funding source; many participants leave Pittsburgh

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

October 13, 2007
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October 13, 2007
3 people found this review helpful

As a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, I am constantly growing through my daily experience with the organization and its program. Coro excels in providing an open forum for Fellows to express themselves mentally and emotionally. Coro staff are generally helpful and mindful of the different effects the program has on participants. In addition, Coro provides valuable professional development tools that both help and challenge Fellows to excell personally and as a group. I believe the laboratory environment instills a sense of excitement and curiosity among group members and staff, enabling us to learn and work off one another. In my opinion, Coro struggles with encouraging healthy working environments and healthy lifestyles. Work quality and quantity override personal well being, often forcing participants to choose between health and work. In addition, anti-disclosure practices complicate processes resulting to additional unnecessary stress. Due to the nature of the program, value tools such as time management and efficiency seem to be of little, or no priority - causing additional conflict amongst group members.

The Great!

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

Excellent product deliverables Group unity Inspiring interviews

Ways to make it better...

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

Include an aspect of the program that encourages personal health and well being Provide non-monetary incentives for hard work and diligence to encourage camaraderie and self-confidence

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

Meeting 15 amazing young leaders Interviewing dynamic Pittsburgh stakeholders Learning about public policy concerns in Southwestern PA

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

Friendly Professional Dedicated

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

Reach interested leaders in all sectors Provide stipends to all participants

Ways to make it better...

We were given reasonable time frames for completing tasks We could focus and complete one task at a time Fellows were held accountable for their actions and policies were successfully implemented

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

Positive recruitment practices Participant retention

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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