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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

About six years ago I had a good experience along with my kids of what MECA had to offer through their services to the community.

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

by the impact it has on the children to not get involved with activities which are bad influences.

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

to see how my kids have developed and grown with their peers into great young people.

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

to finish the restoration of the Dow School and to use the money to help disadvantaged kids with their problems.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funds

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

the recession has created a great challenge in getting funds to keep the programs going at full force.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

This is my third year at MECA, and we have seen our daughter's talent develop. Through her time at MECA she has become more confident, disciplined, aware of time management and wants to become even more successful in her art area. No only has she learned how to dance at MECA it has also helped her to knowledge and pride for her culture.

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

the positive impact it has had on the growth and development of the kids talents.

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

to see my daughter's growth in ballet folklorico and her fun experiences at MECA.

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

very diligent, dedicated to all the development of the all the children.

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

to grow, to have more teachers, to have more costumes and be able to take the kids to more competitions.

Ways to make it better...

there was more communication and organization of programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

My daughter has been taking Ballet Folklorico for 3 years. This style of dance helps her to be more disciplined and responsible in all of her school work. Since she starting taking Ballet Folklorico she has been an Honor Roll student at school.

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

The Ballet Folklorico director, Mr. Lopez trys to ensure the development of the his students through dance.

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

to get the chance to see my daughter perform and dance ballet folklorico with confidence.

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

to help the kids to achieve their dreams and to make the Dow School a better facility for the children to work in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

In particular, my daughter has had a positive and fun experience with the Ballet Folklorico dance classes and program at MECA.

Ways to make it better...

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

have more programs for the kids to keep them away from bad influences.

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

To see the progress in all the children, day by day. And the enthusiasm the teachers have for teaching the children.

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

The staff is always helpful and listen to help the parents with all their questions and concerns.

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

More teachers and add central air conditioning to the building.

Ways to make it better...

they offered free classes for some of the more low income families

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

to do more for the community but very low on funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

Well since I've been here in the last year and half I've gained a lot of experience working with others and just learning new things on my own. Being here really takes my mind off of other things, it's really fun.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more money to make MECA prettier.

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

Is that I do what I enjoy which is dance.

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

very nice, patient and funny.

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

Really clean up this place by adding new things to it.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people here, if there were more people in my dance class then I could challenge myself and be better.

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

Money

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

MECA needs to get the word out more about their classes and what they offer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I first became aware of MECA in high school; I played violin at a performing arts high school school, but could not afford private lessons and was having trouble keeping up with my peers. A friend of mine suggested MECA, where she had been a mariachi student for many years. At MECA I received great personal musical instruction and the opportunity to perform in recitals every semester, which was great training for an aspiring musician. Not only that, but when I graduated high school, MECA gave me a scholarship, which went a long way in helping me attend college. Music taught me focus, discipline and the value of hard work, qualities that have served me well through college and as I establish a professional career. A place like MECA that offers great arts classes, especially at reduced fees for people like me who otherwise couldn't afford classes, provides a great service to the community. Over the last three decades, MECA has turned out hundreds of students who use their arts experiences to build successful lives. As a former student-musician, I cannot stress enough how my arts training prepared me to handle the challenges of life and to put in the effort to pursue my dreams. Knowing how much I benefitted from MECA, I wanted to do something to give back, so I began volunteering here after graduating college, and eventually accepted a position at the school. I know there are many others here who have continued to be involved in MECA long after their children stop taking lessons. MECA staff, students and family have incredible dedication to the mission because we have all seen the fruits of our labor -talented children nurtured into becoming successful adults.

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

dedicated, hard-working, friendly and eager to help the families and children served here.

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

restore the 98 year-old building that houses MECA, buy instruments and other equipment, and provide some great, quality programming for at-risk kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I remember hearing about MECA when I was 8 or 9 years old. My mother took me to Ballet classes with Mrs. Villalobos. It was such a great experience for me and a way to express myself through dance. I loved it! I have such wonderful memories or MECA and know how they genuinely care for their students. Now that I am a parent I want my children to experience and have the opportunity to express themselves through the arts just as I did. My oldest daughter Monica took Ballet like me and she loved it too. Now Giselle my second to the oldest is taking Art Classes and is excited about it and looks forward to her classes weekly. It is such a wonderful, enriching organization and I cannot say enough about it. I tell everyone about it and of how beneficial it can be to their children. I have nothing but good things to say about MECA. I am also very proud to say that as a small business owner we were able to make a small donation this past year to MECA and the reason we did is because we really believe in their cause, their vision and purpose. I hope that we have MECA for many years to come and for many to benefit from it. Sincerely, Gloria Gonzalez

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

Their wonderful art and ballet classes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more classes

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

Seeing my child expressing themselves through the Arts.

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

So friendly and eager to help and serve.

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

Change our city for the better.

Ways to make it better...

I had a great Experience!

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

Monetary, they are in need or more donations and donors.

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

Meca is a wonderful organization and needs our support!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I attended violin lessons at MECA with Mr. Quinn as a child. I remembered walking into MECA every week and looking forward to my violin lesson. I was still in elementary school, but I know that my lessons with Mr. Quinn really helped me excel in music throughout middle school and high school.

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

their music department. I would come to MECA every week as a child learning how to play the violin and read music.

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

the staff, especially Mr. Quinn who taught me how to read music and play classical violin.

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

EXPAND!! I haven't visited MECA since I was in middle school, so it's been at least 13 years, but I remember it needed renovations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I was a student in a hip hop dance class in the MECA dance program during the summer of 2007. I remember every week, going to class was something I always looked forward to! I always had a great time learning new dance combinations and I had a great dance teacher, Valerie! We were also very fortunate to be able to go to galveston to perform a dance and also participated in a dance recital towards the end of the summer. Dancing for MECA was something I will always remember as a friendly and fun environment. I would reccomend MECA to anyone who is interested in fine arts.

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

extremely nice and helpful! I remember my teacher had alot of patience with my fellow students and always brought alot of creativty to class.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

MECA has done so many things to enrich my life. I began my MECA experience as an art student at the age of 5 and even though I did not continue with my studies in visual art, I did return to MECA in 2004 as a hip-hop dance student. I returned two years later to become a hip-hop, ballet, modern, and salsa student. Eventually in my junior and senior years of high school, I focused solely in ballet and modern dance. I loved my teachers and the dance program because I received personal attention that helped me achieve my goals. I also received many amazing gifts from MECA, including a $2,500 scholarship to go to Spain on a trip with World Learning and The Experiment in International Living for 5 weeks. MECA put me in contact with the program's financial resources department which helped me take this life-changing trip. I also received tutoring and mentoring at MECA that helped get me through rough studying. Last, but not least, MECA gave me a $2000 scholarship for college to use on my books and such items at the University of Houston. I grew so much through MECA because I learned how to dance, and become more independent through them. I am a responsible, educated, eager to learn student because of the amazing programs at MECA. I spent so much time at the school that I felt like it was my second home. I met so many wonderful people including the staff and other students there. I love MECA and will always be thankful of everything they have given me.

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

all of my scholarships that I have received from them. They have helped me so much. I have also received an amazing dance education through MECA.

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

The people that work within the organization. They are all kind and want to help you whenever you need anything.

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

amazing people that donated their time and their talent to the school. Many volunteers came and went, but there were also quite a few that were always there to showcase their talent and help in whatever they could.

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

finish its' renovation project that will allow the original Dow Elementary School to stay in place and simply renovate the historic building. It could also use money towards its' art departments to buy more supplies and new technology for the students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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