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October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I was an All-Star in 2005 and continue to volunteer with this organization from time to time. The skills and experiences I have acquired have been invaluable. From my internship experiences in 2005 and 2008, I developed skills in establishing boundaries, leading groups and workshops, and speaking. Furthermore, my experiences with FosterClub helped me find my passion for reforming child welfare policy and practice. I am currently a MSW student at Columbia University studying social policy and management. FosterClub connected me to a new community of foster care alumni. Being connected is very crucial for foster care alumni after aging out. I don't believe I would be as goal-driven and successful as I am today without FosterClub. Please endorse FosterClub in an effort to advocate for the half million children in foster care.

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

the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008!

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

dedicated, committed, and passionate individuals!

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

definitely improve the outcomes of youth who are in and aged out of foster care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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 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.

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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

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

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 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

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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