Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation

Rating: 4.91 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: PO Box 363 Lindsborg KS 67456 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide education to children and youth throughout the world. Through continued research of educational programs we identify and implement solutions impacting the development of children and youth. We collaborate with youth serving organizations that support our vision in developing self-sustaining people improving the quality of life for future generations.
Results: Angola Education Award for Educating Children in Angola Award nominee for Raising the Social Consciousness of Children and Youth in Brazil We have donated 5 Children's Libraries in Brazil; New books, New computers We have hosted Youth Education for Employment Conferences in Angola, Brazil and Liberia. We have paid for children to go to primary, secondary, vocational and college, purchased school supplies, provided a bit of food and transportation. We have raised the money to build a primary school and pay school fees for the first 100 children to attend. Mentored young people into professional jobs with Fortune 500 companies and local companies. Our youth education for employment program has resulted in two self-sustaining youth NGO's. Found by the young people in Angola and Liberia.
Target demographics: Our target demographic is children and youth ages 0-25 years of age. We help children and young people in some of the most poor and violent neighborhoods in the world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: Angola, Brazil, Germany, Liberia and United States of America
Programs: Adopt A School: Creating better schools and communities Educate Every Child:Teaching development education to children and youth in the classroom The Day Projects: Educating children and youth on the benefits of volunteer initiatives and community service have on our society International Mentoring Partnership: Youth employment - transition from school to work Technology and Development: Developing the capacity of individuals and non profit organizations by providing computers, websites and training. Scholarships: Alvalon Scholars and Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

SASEF has been very supportive to the growth and development of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP), a Non Profit, Voluntary Organization working with youth in promoting peace and development through Volunteerism since 2011. MOP-Liberia’s vision is to become one of the great Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) movement in Liberia and the sub-region which stands for key peace values and is not afraid or reluctant to stand up for peace and non-violence. MOP-Liberia is a conscientious objector to any form of violence anywhere in the world. During its embryonic phase, SASEF provided the impetus for the growth of Messengers of Peace-Liberia through various capacity building programs for Peace Messengers(volunteers) including the Executives and Board Members. SASEF also assisted greatly in hoisting MOP website and provided resource linkages to organizations whose mandates were in sic with that of Messengers of Peace-Liberia. Consequently,raised the profile of the organization to international standard. SASEF assisted in the promotion of MOP's three(3) online proposals on strengthening peace clubs in Liberian schools and communities, Mentorship and Coaching Program for Adolescent Girls in Peacebuilding and Advocacy for Peace Project. Moreover, I've been greatly touched and inspired in my professional journey by the work and programmes of SASEF as Executive Director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP).

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My first time coming across Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation(SASEF) or knowing about this unique organization was through it's founding chair . SASEF has been working tirelessly with its support through Educational empowerment for youth in Liberia. One major example is a one day intensive traning on organizational skills called "Raising the Bar" organized by SASEF for a Non-Governmental and Non-political Organization called Messengers of Peace Liberia(MOP Liberia), a youth group dedicated to preaching message of peace and development in Liberia. As part of SASEF's mandate as it relates to Educational empowerment, this organization has been providing support to other youth organizations in Liberia aimed at achieving the Millenium Development Goals(MDGS) for Liberia, such support was also given during the celebration of the Global Youth Service Day(GYSD 2011) in Liberia where youths of Liberia were educated on the Millenium Development Goals(Goals 2, 6 & 7) which has to do with ACHIVING UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION ,
COMBATING HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
and lastly ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

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I am so inspired by the work SASEF has been doing and continues to do. For a non-profit to consistently deliver high-quality programmes is a feat that SASEF seems to achieve with ease. This is primarily due to the great leadership provided by the Founding Chair Mrs Rhonda Staudt and the dedication of the entire Board of Directors of SASEF and SASEF volunteers around the world. I am honored to be a part of the Team. The SASEF created initiative the V-Sign (launched in MAy 2013) which seeks to help stop child trafficking by providing children and young people with a sign that they can use to signal that they are being trafficked, is particularly important and is gaining momentum internationally. I am 100% in support of this initiative as it is timely and goes directly to the heart of the matter by giving the intended victim of child trafficking an simple but instantly recognizable tool that can aid in their rescue. Once again SASEF is leading from in front and a number of noteworthy organizations like SOS Kinderdof are lining up in support.

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

Not make any changes as the current structure has worked extremely well in serving the goals and objectives of the organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Year after year Sasef has continued to reach out and make a difference to youth around the world. The many lives that have been touched, inspired and educated simply warms my heart. Sasef, it's volunteers and supporters are angels in my book.

Darrell Alsbrook

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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SASEF is a valuable organization to many children worldwide. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization which does such meaningful and life-changing work globally. The many lives of the children that have been infused with hope and encouragement through support from SASEF is heartwarming. I can't think of a better platform to support that engages, encourages, and enriches the dreams and ambition of young people the way SASEF does. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful work and will continue to support SASEF for many years to come. Darrell Alsbrook

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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SASEF is a wonderful organization. SASEF gives the gift of education to many internationally who would otherwise not have an opportunity. There are several initiatives which provide a wide array of support for children and their dreams. SASEF makes a difference day to day with children all over the world and one by one, we will fulfill our purpose of eradicating poverty through education.

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

I have personally experienced the results of SASEF by visiting a local school which SASEF provided 2 computers for the childrens learning center. The children where engaged and excited about learning and using the computers.

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

the joy of knowing the efforts and support we give are helping so many children around the world.

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

Fun,loving and passionate about education and helping others.

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

rest assure that we can impact hundreds of thousands of children raise above poverty lines and embrace theor dreams and give them hope to reach for the stars.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

SASEF, is such an outstanding non-profit organization. It does my heart good to know that we strive to provide education to those less fortunate. I stand strong & proud to be a part of this SASEF non-profit organization.

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

Get the word out! Stronger publicity for SASEF, its a top-notch nonprofit organization. Learning is cool so stay in school.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to SASEF in 2002 during an english class, then SASEF taught me how to voluntier, and also to understand on how to work as volunteer, sometimes I say that I'm the most suspect to speak about SASEF as am what I'm because they came to my country and started to teach and help people on how to be focus on life goals, like to go back to school and how importatant is the education. Also I was well trained by them and started to attend trainings, workshop at regional and global level.

SASEF is part of my life.

Jacques Nginga

Luanda-Angola

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

I would fund them so that they could implement more programs around the world.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Am like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 13 years SASEF has been working to provide education and educational resources for children and youth and YES we have been extremely successful. Last year we built two children's digital libraries which provided a safe space for hundreds of children to sit down and read a book, do homework, get help with computers, have someone to talk to and share information on what's going on in the neighborhood. Plus we provided scholarships to send six young people to college! This year we introduced The V Sign (www.thevsign.org) a self help sign for a child who has been kidnapped or stolen. Yes its new and we know it will take time but The V Sign will become the universal hand signal for anyone who is in trouble.

To date we have never paid a salary and continue to work via volunteers - this means every cent or every donation goes to helping children.

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

get a PR agency to help SASEF with their human rights initiative for children - The V Sign.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization, SASEF works very hard to raise money to facilitate our youth serving projects on four continents. SASEF education for employment conference and workshops has literally made the way for hundreds of young people to learn what is necessary to get and keep a real job. The project requires youth to belong to a youth led or youth serving organization or to join a youth led or youth serving organization and implement a community service project using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date many of our hard working young people have been hired at hotels, nonprofit institutions and in the private sector. In partnership with the YMCA in Brazil our International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World has provided a FREE children's and youth library. The library is open 6 days a week; there are volunteer tutors on site to help children with their homework. The space also provides second language lessons and many of the students have been identified by the City of Porto Alegre as translation Ambassadors for the 2014 games. SASEF’s Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund (TMMAF) has made it possible for students to receive scholarships to study art, purchased a piano thus creating a music program in a public school. This year TMMAF in support of the United Nations International Year of Youth is the sole supporter of our Making a Difference Photography Contest where young people are asked to photograph what total social inclusion looks like to them. The contest will end August 2011 with a photography exhibition highlighting our contestants work in Brazil, Hungary, Germany, and Liberia. SASEF’s Alvalon Scholarship has built schools and paid tuition for children and youth to attend primary, secondary and vocational school. All scholarship youth who attend secondary and vocational school have a mentor working with them throughout the entire scholarship period. SASEF is a wonderful organization building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

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

our building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

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

help SASEF find a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas. An organization willing to help facilitate the implementation of our education for employment project.

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

first hand experiencing the joy and excitment of a young person we are helping go to school, get a job or create a community service project. Watching a scholar become a new person because SASEF made the financial and mentoring commitment in their life.

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

genuine, respectful, cheerful, kind, loving, patient, caring, considerate, knowledgeable and resourceful.

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

Open more International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World in public schools located in poor neighborhoods.Scholarship more children to school- emphasis on girls. Do more work in the arts for poor kids.

Ways to make it better...

my experience with SASEF couldn't be better.

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

like most organizations; obtaining more funding to implement our programs and identifying a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas.

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

this educational foundation implements innovative programs that inspire and motivate young people to perform community service, get an education and transform their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I had the privilege of serving as Vice President of SASEF in its earlier years. They continue year after year to do such great works helping children all over the world.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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SASEF did a really great program for TMMAF this year for kids who survived the war. In a village called Kakata in Liberia they had the kids draw the challenges they faced in day to day life. Because of all the violence in Liberia this workshop was a way to help these kids deal with this issue.

The project was a success and with the help of the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Education and Save the Children to coordinate the kids, SASEF helped educate more children around the world.

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

all aspects of SASEF for many years including serving as Vice President for two terms.

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

not make any changes...just continue to watch the good works and support its efforts.

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I had the honor of being Vice President of the Shirley Ann Educational Foundation for 6 years. This is an outstanding organization that is making a global impact at the ground level to our youth. The programs it has created, implemented or facilitated are creative, solid and worthy of your donations and your time spent volunteering to support them.

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

many areas from facilitating a successful youth educational conference in Brazil, fundraising to build schools in Angola, the creation of a music program at a school in Brazil by SASEF's piano donation, teaching middle school students in the US about the Millennium Development Goals, seeing the end results of helping with the creative aspect of other programs and much more.

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

learning about global philanthropy, working with the youth and seeing first hand the impact that it makes on the children of the world.

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

an excellent group from all ages, cultures, continents, educational levels and careers with one goal to make SASEF's programs and projects a success!

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

implement the programs and projects that are already established and successful to more youth around the world. From experience working with SASEF as Vice President, I feel very comfortable in saying that the "right thing" would be done with every penny.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I will always be greatful to SASEF of being like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them. Jacques Nginga

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I Knew SASEF since 2003 and from that time my life never was the same everything that I'm today I owe to SASEF because they are the one that gave me a chance to shine by teaching, mentoring and expose me in various social works, just to have an idea when I say teaching me, I didn't know how to manage an internet and email this was a strange world for me, but the SASEF founder taught me on how to create an email and she was the person that did it for me then she instructed me on how to check emails ,from that time on I become a connected person I started to see the thing in a worldwide vision as I started to develop my knowledge. SASEF for me is like water that came at time that I was thirsty like a food that came at time that I was starving.

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

Because I had a chance to teach a MDG world class in Angola, I was exposed to Embassies, NGO's, big multinationals, Oil&Gas sector etc. I had a chance to interact to diplomates and CEO's.

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

I should make them ecomicaly more robust so that they could keep sending children to school, by giving scholarship as they did in Esperanca do Futuro School where I the link to check weekly the effectiveness of the kids in terms of attending the lessons.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I think this group did all their best to put me on top in terms of experience as today I can say I'm an experienced guy, with skills to advise interms of social works and volunteering. Also I started to manage internet because SASEF founder taught me and she was the one the opened my first email and I will never forget this.

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

Yes, as today I could be contacted to advise in terms of social works which areas are more sensible in my country, also just to have an idea I've friends in all countries of the southern region of Africa because this organization introduced me to YES-SADC in 2004 by helping me to be part of the first regional youth summit for youth empowerment and at same year I was part of worldwide youth summit for employment in Mexico where the SASEF founder should make part but she gave her place to me so that I could gain more international experience and know how to interacte at worldwide level, actually I have friends in America, Europe, Africa and Asia ju7st because SASEF gave me this opportunity.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It make me to feel strong, confident and proud as today I can counselin the others to follow this steps that sometimes you don't how bigger it can benefit you, because you will be exposed and everybody wants to know who is that right person that care about the others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rhonda Staudt embodies the spirit and mission of the organization she founded. The SASEF community is privileged to have someone with such a big and open heart combined with expertise in many areas essential to its success. She was very helpful to The Institute for Conscious Global Change by giving great consulting advice. SASEF will continue to have a positive impact on the global community in the field education for a long time to come. They will always have my support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

SASEF has a global network that does an outstanding job in effectively implimenting positive local change.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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