Foundation For Second Chances

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews


3734 West Slauson Ave Los Angeles CA 90043 USA


Foundation for Second Chances, Inc is a community based organization which utilizes mentoring, hands-on education and community service to maximize the potential of youth.

Target demographics:

disadvantage youth ages 5-18 utilize hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness and community service to maximize their potential

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

South Los Angeles


Afterschool, Mentoring, Leadership, Community Service, Tutoring and Reading Literacy.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Foundation for Second Chances some years ago when my niece and nephews were students in the after school program. Upon meeting the founder, Melissa Wyatt, I understood the driving force behind the program and the commitment to the children the organization serves. The people who work for the FFSC are a heartfelt bunch with a dedication that is unparalleled. All of the programs that are spearheaded by the FFSC are not only beneficial to the students in the programs, but the community at large, and that is truely the way to positively impact a community. I am committed to supporting the FFSC's efforts and have pulled family and friends into the fold. If more people reach out to give and get helping hands for this cause, we all win.

The organization has several initiatives including the following:
* After school educational program
*Community beautification days
*Mentoring program
*Annual community health fair
*Annual Gift of Giving holiday event

Each program addresses a specific concern, and together create a more comprehensive approach to building a better community.

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

The organization helped my niece and nephews become better adjusted, outgoing children. They are older now and participate as volunteers for some of the regular programs. It is amazing to see the results of the Gift of Giving event or a beautification day. The children are so pleasantly excited during and after these events, and it feels good knowing that I helped elicit that response.

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

I would increase the working budget. The operation is run very efficiently, relative to administration fees, and additional resources only benefit the children who are served by the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a board member with Foundation for Second Chances because they were making a difference in the lives of young people. Everyone in the organization is passionate about working with young people to help them develop to their full potential. The passion is infectious and I wanted to be part of what I sensed was a movement.

What makes Second Chances different is the intimate relationships between staff and parents. Everyone knows everyone and it reminds me of the old adage "it takes a village to raise a child."

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

the personal fulfillment of friends and colleagues who I've introduced to the mentoring program

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

work with local film schools. FFSC has a great story, but they are so busy doing the work that they rarely get to tell the story.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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How did you learn about this organization?

Volunteer Match

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Making the mentoring program sustainable

What is its top priority in the long run?

Scale the FFSC model across Los Angeles to impact the lives of more young people

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a board menber with the Foundation after witnessing firsthand the passion and drive that the Executive Director Melissa Wyatt put into Foundation For Second Chances on a daily basis . Her devotion to helping these children to overcome the challenges placed in front of them struck a cord within me. I knew I had to be a part of such an amazing organization. We combined our skills and talents to produce a very successful event in 2010 called "A Taste of Health and Fitness" which was very instrumental in raising the awareness of health and fitness options for the surrounding community. I look forward to working the Foundation in many more future events. They are a much needed resource and cannot be allowed to diminish in their effectiveness.

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

Providing greater awareness of the health and fitness options in the community

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

Bring even more passionate and committed people onboard.

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