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April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I LOVE Second Chances! Amazing people making a difference and I get to be a part of it :) This is such a rewarding program I have just started my second year (of many more to come!).

The Great!

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

My life. It helps to remind you what's important in this world.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them grow so they can make a difference in more lives.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Growing up in a single-parent household, I always longed for a male figure in my life. Serving as a mentor through Foundation for Second Chances has allowed me to take on this role in the life of a young man. This experience has been extremely rewarding, on numerous levels. Not only have I developed a great relationship with my mentee, I have also learned a lot about myself.

The program is designed in such a way that mentors do not feel lost or overwhelmed when establishing and developing a relationship with their mentees. The trainings, support sessions, and manuals available made me feel competent in becoming a mentor.

The monthly group outings the staff coordinates are an excellent opportunity for both my mentee and I to meet and interact with numerous mentor matches. The outings vary from recreational to educational, and everything in between. On other occasions, my mentee and I hang out, grab a bite to eat, visit cool places, and talk about whatever is on our minds. Regardless of the type of activity, we always have a great time.

Staff at Foundation for Second Chances is extremely inviting and dedicated to making the mentoring experience enjoyable and memorable.

The Great!

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

my relationship with my mentee, his family, and my personal life.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them grow and serve even more children throughout LA.

More feedback...

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great, knowing that I am doing my part in helping our world become a better place, one person at a time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Since 2009, I've had the pleasure of working with Foundation for Second Chances. I've volunteered with different organizations serving youth for 6 years, and being a part of the mentoring program has been one of the most rewarding and positive experiences I've ever had. There's a very strong sense of community at Second Chances--the staff is passionate and full of energy and always available, the volunteers are truly wonderful people with big hearts and great intentions, and the kids are nothing short of amazing.

Through the Kick Off events at the park and Chuck E. Cheese, we got to know the kids and their families before being matched. I know some other mentoring programs will make matches just based on an initial application, so it was really great for the volunteers and the kids to be actively involved in the matching process. In March 2010, I met a quiet young girl from the South L.A. community with all the potential in the world. As we now head into our second year together, I can see her becoming a bright young woman, and I'm so grateful to have her as a friend. My funny, caring, ambitious, 11-year-old friend. She's taught me so much, and I like to think I've helped her grow, too.

The Great!

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

my relationship with my mentee.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them grow so they have the capacity to continue what they're doing for even more children who can benefit from their support.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I have been working with Foundation for Second Chances (FFSC) for the past 3 years, volunteering with the their Community Initiatives Events (Gift of Giving, Health Festival, Community Beautification Projects). FFSC is an outstanding agency with a really wonderful and fun group of volunteers. Their staff is very personable and warm, and makes the organization feel more like a lovely family to be a part of versus just another nonprofit. I have volunteered with various nonprofits where I feel like just another face in the crowd, but with FFSC I feel truly recognized and valued. What I also love about FFSC is that they really care about the children and families in their community. At each community event I've attended they really go out of their way to make their clients feel special and cared for. You should see the faces on the children at the Gift of Giving event...it's priceless. The event offers the kids everything from face painting, cookie decorating, a visit with Santa, sports and games, a gourmet meal, card and Christmas tree decorating, and Christmas gifts for all the kids. So much fun! They also do an amazing job with their community beautification projects--murals, flowers, community gardens, painting, trash pick-up. Their work makes such a difference and it is truly great to be a part of it!

The Great!

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

the South LA community.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them get more money.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

I volunteer as a mentor for the Foundation for Second Chances Mentoring Program (SCMP) in Los Angeles. I am completely impressed with the overall mission as well as the day-to-day function of SCMP. I have volunteered with several organizations and few, if any, have been as effective at having such a direct positive impact on the lives of those they seek to serve.

SCMP seeks to provide potentially at-risk children with positive reinforcement on a one to one basis in an effort to help them build strong self-esteem and develop healthy decision making skills. Rather than moralize, we are taught to encourage our mentees to evaluate the options and outcomes available for any given situation so that they can make constructive choices on their own. I know with absolute certainty that this is one of the most effective ways to improve individual communities and society as a whole.

The dedicated staff that manages the program does so with exceptional and consistent professionalism and enthusiasm. The positive tone and example they set radiates throughout the program. The thorough training and ongoing guidance they provide to us serve as invaluable tools for shaping our mentor/mentee relationships.

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of SCMP. I will carry these memories and experiences with me for a lifetime.

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My mentee is one of the brightest and most talented people I have ever met. Her joyfulness and dynamic spark for life has had a tremendous impact on my own personal perspective. Her mother works full time while raising five children and still manages to find the time to volunteer for committees at her children’s schools and in their community. I am truly inspired by her devotion to her family and in complete awe of her ability to juggle their schedule.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't change anything about the way the mentoring program is run. As I mentioned, the staff who manage the program do so with exceptional and consistent professionalism and enthusiasm. They are responsive, conscientious, and pleasant to work with. I would like to see the program grow so that it can serve more children and families.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

The passion and commitment of 2nd chances is amazing. I am a mentor and the thoroughness and thoughtfulness that goes into each relationship has truly blown me away. There is so much care, compassion, and love for the 2nd chances kids and the foundation is truly an incredible pathway for the children to live a positive and healthy life. I feel grateful to be a part of such a beautiful and compelling cause!

The Great!

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

My mentee is changing my life. Our relationship is such a blessing to me.

Ways to make it better...

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

Be able to reach more children.

April 17, 2011

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April 17, 2011


I have been working with the Foundation for Second Chances Mentoring Program for almost a year now and it has been wonderful. Everyone is so nice and organized and has made this process enjoyable and easy.

I was matched with a 4th grader. She’s the sweetest girl and we get along so
well! Being an only child, it is really nice to mentor a child. I look forward to our weekly talks and hearing about what is new in her life and at school. We’ve really warmed up to each other quickly and I’m looking forward to getting to know each other even better and going on many more fun filled adventures.

In the past, the process of Big Brother/Big Sister was intimidating and it deterred me from joining the program. Second Chances was so welcoming and made the process so easy. I am very happy to be part of this organization and look forward to many more memorable experiences.

The Great!

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

my daily life.

Ways to make it better...

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

not make any changes.

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

This program does a great job of organizing social gatherings so the mentees and mentors can interact with each other, play and share their progress in school and other achievements. One great example was the ice skating event this past winter. I found it exciting and inspired to see the mentees encourage each other in learning not to fall!
Although it may be a little cheesy, we can maybe improve the events if each mentor (or as a group, half group, only boys, etc) de-brief the activities to remind the youth what they have accomplished. They should also be reminded of how they reached their goals.
I'm a fan of the program because of the mentor training. We all learned how we should seize any opportunity to speak to our mentee and relate it to their setting of life goals (immediate and future)...I have seen some progress in my mentee's view toward goals.

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The Great!

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

mentee's health and junk-food awareness, career goals. he still lacks confidence.

Ways to make it better...

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

debrief after group activities?

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

learned to communicate better since I have to speak to a 11 year old. short direct questions

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

blessed

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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