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September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

I have worked with FosterClub for only a short period of time, compared to some people I know who have been involved longer. In my short time becoming familiar with the organization I had come to find out that FosterClub was not just another organization looking to exploit foster youth, but an organization actually trying to make a difference in the lives of foster youth throughout the entire country. By being a 2009 FosterClub All-Star I had the opportunity to go to conferences over the summer and work along side youth and present workshops to youth, to make them realize that they can help to make a change in the foster care system. Without FosterClub many of the youth in foster care would have no where to go to ask questions and get answers about foster care, many of the youth wouldn't even know that there is something they can do to make a difference. FosterClub is built by youth and powered by youth, the reason for this is because the founder of FosterClub realized that foster youth will be more open to talking, sharing stories and experiences, as well as learning things about foster care from other current or former foster youth, rather than adults who probably haven't been through half of the things these youth have. FosterClub is now my family, something I didn't have until I got involved with this organization. FosterClub is a stepping stone for any current or former foster youth to find resources to create their own family and a sense of permanence.

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

by becoming an All-Star I've had the opportunity to share the beliefs of FosterClub and see the difference that is made in each foster youth who is involved life.

Ways to make it better...

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

allow for more funding so that the organization could continue to reach out and help youth in care.

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

seeing the difference the organization makes to the youth at conferences or when presenting workshops, when the youth realize the concepts that are being taught and explained and they realize that they can use these concepts everyday.

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

all dedicated to the cause and the organization. Some staff are former foster youth themselves and one is a foster parent.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more funding.

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

funding, without it FosterClub isn't able to reach out and help the over half a million foster youth in care.

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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September 15, 2009

Coined as "The little non-profit that COULD", FosterClub's determination and dedication is continuously surprising the youth members, foster parents, staff, partners, and other field members. I see this organization as a leader that works with their eyes wide open and their arms open even wider. Opportunity is greeted with optimism. The mission is carried out with creative innovations. The young people FosterClub serves are loyal and protective of this organization, and that is how you KNOW you have a top notch service provider! If the youth needing the knowledge and help the most are willing and driven to keep connecting at high levels. Please consider FosterClub for the Youth Thrive Award.

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

events and programs with youth present. The best way to see results of this youth centered organization is to speak to the youth. Their exuberance is contagious when they speak about the respect, the inspiration, the connection that FosterClub gives them.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

getting to know great young people who happened to experience foster care and now find themselves slipping behind their peers. They can change their destiny by discovering one special mentor. I hope to be this person for one of them.

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

change the stigma and outcomes of foster care. Currently, believe it or not, there are kids in foster care who think they are alone. They don't have strong adult support or youth connection. This results in unfortunate statistics of former foster youth.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had money to equal the passion of the founder and ED, Celeste Bodner.

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

stagnant traditions of foster care... youth being left out of planning their future, left out of changing the system, left out in general. Also, the lack of true coaching mentors with knowledge of foster care and the trials that come with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

I have never been apart of any other non-profit organization that is as effective as FosterClub. FosterClub's strength lies in its ability to encourage and edify young people in foster care by teaching them the significance in their own voice so that they are able to speak for themselves. The life of a foster kid is very silent. We live our lives being told what to do and how to do it, daily. Case workers, social workers, judges, and foster parents rarely ask "us" what we think or how we feel about our neglected circumstance, where and who we want to live with, etc. We have little choice surrounding the direction of our lives while in the system and often feel like no one cares. I was once a silent foster kid until I discovered the power of my own voice when I got connected to FosterClub. FosterClub taught me how to advocate for myself. Because of them, I was able to teach other young people in foster care how to do the same for themselves, thus continuing the rich FosterClub tradition of using former/current foster youth to engage current foster youth. There is simply nothing more powerful than seeing a foster youth who has experienced similar life circumstances empower other foster youth to look beyond their unfortunate familial circumstances and reach for a better life that is not defined by the negativity that they have experienced with their biological families. I cannot think of any other non-profit organization that deserves this award more than FosterClub!

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

developing a new direction for my life. I discovered that I enjoy making a difference for foster kids. It is my desire that all foster you are informed in their cases and empowered to speak up for themselves in the court room.

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

working directly with foster kids. Many foster youth never get the chance to meet successful foster kids who live productive lives. I love introducing myself to foster kids as a college graduate! It blows their mind and gives them something to strive for.

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

amazing! Celeste Bodner,the Executive Director, is a foster parent herself. She understands the struggle that foster kids face and uses that knowledge to continually innovate FosterClub to serve the ever changing needs of disadvantaged youth across the US

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

continue to change lives of foster kids who struggle daily. Whether FosterClub had $10 or $10 million, impacting 1 child is what truly matters with this non-profit.

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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FosterClub is an excellent organization with a driven mission to make a difference. This mission is fulfilled in the best way possible, through giving kids a voice, and empowering others. The organization is organized in their work, thoughtful in their approach, and effective in their outreach. I am very proud to say I have worked with this organization on numerous occasions and I hope to do so again in the future.

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

develop an effective campaign that would drive foster care reform even further through research and greater outreach to youth and other national organization. The organization could expand and help more youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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FosterClub is a great organization aimed at providing support to youth and young adults who have been involved in the foster care system. Celeste Bodnar is passionate about helping these youth get connected to positive life experiences. I've worked with her to educate legislative representatives on the challenges that youth in foster care face. The youth who Celeste helped to prepare were incredible spokespeople and did a wonderful job at advocating for their brothers and sisters in care. Organizations like this are incredibly valuable to our society.

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

educating state legislators about issues surrounding foster care and child welfare that ultimately resulted in new legislation that extended benefits to age 21 for youth in foster care.

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

how responsive they are and how passionate and knowledgeable they are about the issues they advocate on.

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

all extremely knowledgeable about the issues and passionate about what they were doing. Most, if not all, had direct experience in the child welfare system, so they spoke from the heart.

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

change the child welfare system in this country and could really save our state governments a lot of money!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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FosterClub makes me CONNECTED, INFORMED, INSPIRED and REPRESENTED!! I have been a part of FosterClub since 2004 and have constantly referenced the website and utilized its resources. I am now part of the FosterClub family and it means the world to me to have the unique kind of support that FosterClub offers to youth in care. I am now an advocate for the 513,000 youth in care and I wouldn't be if FosterClub didn't believe in me.

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

being connected with other youth in care on the message boards and at conferences, being informed in all the resources available to youth, being inspired to become an advocate and follow my heart, and representing the other youth in care.

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

being able to travel across the country to meet other youth and supportive adults and share my story to inspire and educate.

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

amazing and fun, and truly had their hearts in this mission.

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

reach more people and possibly go international!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 13, 2009

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September 13, 2009

Foster Club is a great part of my life I go on the web site daily and get to talk and meet other youth thats just like me the staff of Foster Club are a group of respected and knowledgeable people who really care about the lives of youth in foster care I was recently named Outstanding Leader from NV and they have shown me what it is really like to have someone to care about me and only want the best for me I could go on and on about how great Foster Club is but that would take days if not years NV R.D.Brown

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

Face to Face peer training at the 08 and 09 NV Statewide Youth Conference and in DC on the hill visit

Ways to make it better...

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

to take all there financial needs away

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

That the staff really cares about me and the life's of other youth in foster care

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

the love is there to the point of no return

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

Improve the and train more youth in the foster care system

Ways to make it better...

If we could have stayed there longer

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

the lack of knowledge of this OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION

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

I LOVE FOSTER CLUB AND YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO IT YOU WILL LOVE IT TOO

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 2, 2009

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September 2, 2009

The best thing about FosterClub is that it is built for youth, powered by youth and changing life in foster care. I believe the young people who have experienced foster care and then use that experience to improve the system for their young peers are truly heroic.

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

improving outcomes for young people in foster care

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

seeing young leaders demonstrate resilience in their own lives, and giving back to improve the odds for their foster care "brothers and sisters".

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

the bomb!

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

change life in foster care.

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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