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September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

FosterClub has afforded me the opportunity, as a former foster youth to be the person, I now know, I was meant to be. As an attendee of one of their events in New York I saw in their interns what it meant to be a successful former foster youth. The organization's approach and passion for helping young people inspired and motivated me. As an intern for 2008 and 2009, the emotions only increased. Having the chance to work for them has demonstrated to me what it means to truly enjoy and care about the work one does. I can not express how instrumental to my life, both personal and professional this organizational has been

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

phemnomenal...absolutely great at what they do. They are a highly motivated, passionate group of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

In 2005 I applied for FosterClub’s All-Star Program, an internship for former foster youth leaders who are chosen and trained to leverage their foster care experiences as expertise and to improve the system following a competitive selection process. As a young person who spent five years in New York’s foster care system, I found this experience with FosterClub challenging and life changing. Although I had often struggled because of my foster care experience, I learned that my story is powerful and effective as an agent for change. Today I am a MSW student at the University of Pennsylvania and believe my experience with FosterClub will allow me as a social worker to utilize my life story, struggles, and successes to be able to provide hope and inspiration for many youth in the same situation I once found myself.

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

*advocating on Capitol Hill for Foster Care reform *self-empowerment *professional development

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

*the ability to utilize my foster care experience as expertise *developing a peer network of other foster youth across the country

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

provide more outreach to more foster youth currently in the system through advocacy efforts, online peer networks, program development, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 18, 2009

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September 18, 2009

I help FosterClub whenever I'm called upon. I know when I volunteer that every minute of my time is optimized, and that with FosterClub, no one's time and no one's money is ever wasted. I see it whenever I drop into their tiny office. The small staff seems to be working on 8 or 10 projects at a time. Every one seems determined to do as much as they can for foster kids -it's impressive to me that FosterClub hires former foster youth as much as possible. What's really amazing is how much is accomplished with such small financial and material resources and so much dedicated effort AND a lot of soul.

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

new All-Star interns each summer. Recently emancipated from foster care, most are on their first trip across the country and wide-eyed. When they board their plane at the end of summer,they have a new view of themselves--and their possibilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 17, 2009

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September 17, 2009

I attended Teen Conferences around the country and advocated for underprivileged youth in the foster care system. I accomplished this by sharing my personal story to positively influence and better the lives of youth in foster care. I also presented various workshops that were designed to empower youth to reach higher, and this was made possible because Foster Club was able to bridge the gap between the youth and adult perspectives, which proved to be successful. In addition, I collaborated with my fellow 2009 Interns and Portland State University to create online training modules that would enable supportive adults to communicate effetely with foster youth on the most pressing issues like sexuality, education, and mental health. I really embraced this opportunity because it made me aware of the many challenges that face youth, and also empowered to know that I could make a difference in lives of youth. Although I greatly ameliorated from the internship program, I distinctly believe that some changes need to be made in order to ensure that the internship program maintains its eminence. I firmly hope the managerial aspect of the organization is revamped or at least looked at. I wholeheartedly hope that this constructive criticism is only able to enhance the organization, while also making it flourish even more. This organization deserves to be noted for its ability to reach youth in many unique ways; this is something that other youth organization envy.

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

Looking at the world through a slightly different prism.

Ways to make it better...

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

enhance the way management operates, in hopes of curtailing the amount of possible setbacks and challenges that the organization might face in future adverse situations.

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

I’m forever grateful for having this opportunity to meet such great people. I’ve gained so much professionally and interpersonally and it has made me a better person. However, perhaps most importantly I gained a BIG SISTER for life

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

Staff at Foster Club exhibit such great compassion for the goals and aspirations of the organization. Celeste (Foster Club Executive) embodies and American spirit, she shows great dedication for serving a cause greater than herself. Celeste is a symbolic champion for foster youth; she illustrates a profound sense of leadership, realism, and compassion that really propels her to continue to strive for accomplishing the goals that are imperiously important to solving.

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

Help better the lives of the more than 513, 000 foster youth nationwide.

Ways to make it better...

I were at a different stage in my life.

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

Funding, I know that the goals of inspiring youth to dream and reach higher continues to be at the forefront of the organization. However, it is imperative that Foster Club is able to garner more funding opportunities to continue the great work, and establishing more youth leaders and success stories.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

Fosterclub is one of the greatest things to ever happen to kids in care, it not only gives a way for foster care alumni to speak out for future generations of foster kids, it teachs current youth how to speak up for themselves

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

do so much more to help kids in the foster care system

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

FosterClub is the only national network for the 513,000 foster youth currently in care. They gave me the once in a lifetime opportunity to share my story and inspire others that no matter what their current situation is, they have the ability to overcome it and be successful. They showed me how to represent other foster youth through my experience. I am proud to be one of the 12 all-stars selected per year to experience something that most will never get the chance to. I cam honestly say that FosterClub is the coolest non-profit organization ever.

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

seeing the youth that we interact with at conferences around the country become successful in any endeavor they embark on.

Ways to make it better...

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

make the organization larger so they can impact more youth in foster care.

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

their ability to give and give and only accept love and happiness as the result.

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

the most amazing people that only care about the well being of others.

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

the ideas of endless. More youth would be impacted positively and the organization would grow enormously.

Ways to make it better...

the summer was long so I could have more time to interact with this awesome organization.

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

the economy. In order for this organization to be invited to conferences and other various speaking engagements, the host must have money.

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

Every staff member is giving and full of love and I can only hope that more and more people would shine light on this organization to help the 513,000 youth in foster care become successful in which ever way they define success.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

Over the past 2 years I have had the pleasure of working with Foster Club. They have proven themselves as a knowledgeable, compassionate, and trustworthy organization who desires to seek creditable advocacy movements that produce the maximum benefits for youth and children in the foster care system. For all the things that they have done, will do and continue to do, I am proud to know this organization and both the members and staff of Foster Club.

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

workships and events geared toward Foster Youth transitioning out of care.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

assisting with conferences and other advocacy movements.

Ways to make it better...

if more travel was involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

Through the FosterClub AllStar Internship of 2005, I was introduced to a lifechanging world, lifestyle & group of people. That summer changed the way I saw "giving back" into something concrete and achievable. Since then, the organization has supported me financially, mentally and physically during my pursuit of my dreams. By far I'd say that FosterClub has been one of the most influential groups in my developmental process, and (simply) in my life. I am eternally grateful. As far as change that FC is making for youth: bundles. I continually encounter youth who've crossed paths with FosterClub in some way, and love the way they gush about the change they've made or experienced as a direct result of FosterClub.

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

my personal and professional life. The networking I was able to do, allowed me to find employment after graduation.

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

the family we've created. Once an All-Star, always an All-Star. And every foster kid is one of ours. It's amazing.

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

like me. Passionate about the same thing as I am, on fire, more than just desiring change, pushing for it as well.

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

change the face of foster care on a larger scale. The organization is already making change, but with funds like that, the people they could reach...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

My experience with fosterclub haves been amazing. I only have been working with fosterclub since the Summer of 2009 as a fosterclub all-star. They taught me many different things i would need in the field that i am going into, how to advocate for youth more affectively and just how to communicate my needs as a foster youth. This is an organization that goes far and beyond to help youth on a national level.

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

do wonders for the foster youth on a national level and reach out to youth that isnt informed, connected, inspired, and represented in the foster care system on a state to state level and national

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

I have had a deep passion and wanting to truly make a difference in the lives of youth for many years. I began to get involved in local agencies, but I began to hear a whisper about this amazing organization that was created specifically for the improvement of the foster care system through the eyes of the true experts of the system, the youth. This thing called FosterClub is a place where not only do youth truly get their voices heard, but things then actually happen, the plant grows from the seeds were are able to plant. This organization is youth driven, youth powered, and youth led. This is such a true statement, we as the young leaders determined the important factors needing attention and change, we chose what to learn about and work on, we visited Washington D.C. to speak face to face with the law makers of this country, we taught countless youth how to be resilient, how to keep ourselves safe when dealing with family, how to recognize the importance of permanence. FosterClub touches the hearts of so many youth, and adults, and foster parents, and concerned citizens. Of course, all this is what FosterClub allowed me to do, since the year of 2006 when i finally found out that all the whispers were true and this organization truly is amazing. I had been having several tragedies take place in my life, and thus I was aimless in my direction and lost in my own heart's anguish. I was in leadership positions in some local boards, but my heart was so filled with nothing that it was hard for me to help myself at the same time I was helping others. I was told that I should apply to become a FosterClub All Star. The state told me they would support me in this experience. I knew I needed an adventure, a chance to find myself, and to truly put a flame to the kindling of my passion. I was selected, and I was changed, and I was filled, and I found a small part of my purpose. I was able to learn so much from the thousands of youth I came into contact with, and the tens of thousands the twelve of us All Stars were able to help. I also developed very strong personal bonds with my fellow All Stars. Having been in a position due to foster care where I had people leave me and thus I was unable to truly open up, being around people with similar backgrounds allowed me to explore myself in depth. I grew socially, and professionally, and personally. This program quite literally must have been sent to change lives and give people identity. That is what FosterClub gave me, an identity. I am who I am, and I cannot see who I have become without FosterClub. And believe me, this isn't just me, I know of the fact that many of my fellow All Stars, both past and present, have had similar impacts in their lives. Of course, beyond what I have done and what FosterClub did for me, I have seen the impact of the messages we deliver, the hope this organization inspires in an under represented but highly resilient and intelligent population of this country that deserves so much more than what they have gotten. To know that a youth who before the impact of FosterClub felt as though they had no future and then after felt as though the stars are the very beginnings of what they can hold in their hands.

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

the growth the unique team, with coaches and players all on the same level and learning from one another, atmosphere instills, inspires, and makes possible.

Ways to make it better...

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

quite simply provide this humble group of people with more support.

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

the amazing trend I have seen that this organization started in terms of youth engagement and development at every level of an organization.

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

the kind of people that make one want to reach a new level of being. they make me want to be the best i can be.

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

finally have the funding that matches the quality and amount of work it has done up to this point. That much money would mean more original, never thought of before work and ideas that could come to life to truly impact more lives.

Ways to make it better...

more people could grasp the importance of the work FosterClub does. More funding would lead to an increase in the people who could be reached and filled with hope.

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

the economical challenges we are facing are in a place all by themselves. Also, I believe that FosterClub is changing the face of not only child welfare but also of the way any organization should utilize youth leadership and creativity. Resist to change

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

The model of FosterClub should be a nationally recognized and implemented mentor, youth engagement, and life changing program.

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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