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February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

This is my second year being at tutor at SMART and it is by far my favorite time of the week. The staff at SMART are so dedicated and organized that tutoring is a breeze and so rewarding. I feel adequately trained and prepared to help my student succeed. Of course my student is wonderful, as are all the kids at SMART, and I really feel like I'm making an impact in her life. Not only do I love tutoring at SMART simply to help a child succeed but I've made great friends with the other tutors. SMART is a great place to volunteer and I can't speak highly enough of it.

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

seeing my student succeed academically and personally. Watching her become a mature young lady who has a proud sense of self and is dedicated to her school work.

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

make sure more people knew about it. Its a great place to volunteer. With a once a week commitment you can make a huge difference in the life of a child!

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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

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

I've become a more confident tutor, I've made great friends with the other volunteers and I've added to my resume by joining the Volunteer Advisory Board.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing! I really believe I will help my student do well in school which will propel her forward into a successful life path which will include a good high school and a college that is the right fit for her needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

SMART makes an impact in very tangible and powerful ways. Children who enter the SMART program are virtually assured of attending a college-track high school and have a very high probability of attending college. SMART attracts not just the brightest students, but most importantly those with the motivation to improve their lives and become productive members of society. SMART is their guide, mentor, and tutor on this exciting but challenging journey.

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

sponsoring a child in the SMART program and watching her do great things.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the number of kids SMART is able to help each year.

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

the tangible impact it makes on the lives of many under-privileged kids.

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

passionate about SMART's mission and dedicated to making sure each child succeeds in life.

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

permanently endow its San Francisco program and expand to other geographies.

Ways to make it better...

SMART could help more children each year.

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

recruiting outside contributors, both financial donors and volunteers to help mentor and tutor SMART kids.

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

investing your time and capital in SMART has a demonstrable, gratifying return.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

The SMART community has offered and brought me many opportunities for which I'm truly grateful for. In fifth grade, the SMART program presented me with a scholarship for a private middle school that my family couldn't afford and, knowing that this was a rare and incredible opportunity, my parents and I accepted the offer. After graduating middle school, SMART continued to help me by connecting me to another great program called A Better Chance which allowed me to continue my education in a private high school. It was thanks to the initial help of SMART that I was able to attend such fine and impressive schools and be the person I am today. Being with other students of different cultural backgrounds yet similar financial difficulties was not only comforting but also served to show me SMART's determination in providing young ambitious children with good education. Their mission is inspiring and encouraging, their work altruistic and generous. The staff is considerate, approachable, dedicated, and supportive. Being able to return to SMART and contribute my thoughts through the Alumni Advisory Board gives me a chance to show my appreciation for this program. In the future, I hope to continue to find more ways to give back to the SMART community for everything it has done (and continues to do) for not only myself but other students.

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

my everyday life. I know that I wouldn't be where I am and who I am today without the help I received from SMART.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

I believe SMART led me onto a path to success. I was accepted into the program in the 5th grade and I had no clue how much the program would change my future. I received a full scholarship to a private school that I would never have even considered. I owe my academic success to the SMART program. I have met friends from the program that I continue to keep close relationships with. The program showed me that if I tried I could acheive my goals. I now attend a private high school with a large sum of financial aid. I would not be here today without the help of the SMART program. The staff while I was attending the SMART program helped me greatly. I had a tutor who helped me with my homework and a mentor who helped me relieve stress and act as a big brother. Nonoko was my favorite staff member. She was there throughout my whole middle school education. I looked up to her. She was constantly there to support me and to give me a smile whenever I needed one. There are way too many memories to recall here but to sum it all up; it was a life-changing experience and I loved it.

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

successfully attending and graduating from a private middle school. Also, in getting into International High School which has an IB program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

What do I think of when I think of the SMART program? The word life-changing will come up without thought. SMART had changed my life since I was fortunate enough to be admitted as a member of SMART when I was in 5th grade. Not only did SMART provide financial assistance in middle school, they also provided me with academic assistance. I had a tutor and mentor during my three years at SMART and we formed a friendship the continued even today! The staff is also amazing and they were great during the stressful high school application process. I think I wouldn't have gotten in to San Francisco University High School if it wasn't for their support throughout middle school. After graduating middle school, SMART continued to support me by paving ways to other programs including College Track and Summer Search. As a senior in high school, SMART continues to support me by helping me out with the college application process. I am now part of the SMART Alumni Advisory board because I hope to use my experiences to make the program even better! I want to thank SMART for all of the things they have done for me and my family. Thank You SMART!

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

All of my success throughout middle school. Without SMART, I wouldn't be where I am today.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

The organization's mission, its success over many years, the students and the incredible impact SMART has had in their lives and their families' lives are absolutely amazing. The fact that so many of the students and their families return as alumni to volunteer and even serve on the Board is a tremendous validation of the value and impact SMART has had and continues to have on our community. The staff and volunteers are passionate, dedicated and truly inspirational people who have prepared SMART to serve the students and their families for many years to come.

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

Getting to know many of the students and watching them matriculate into incredible scholars and mature adults. Their admission and success at schools like Cal, Yale, Howard and so many others says it all.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

Working with The SMART Program and their students, has been a transformational experience for both myself and my school community. Everytime a SMART student enrolls in our school, we we know we are adding a layer of depth and complexity to our student body that makes us all a little more enriched. Students coming from SMART have a vision and when they show others how hard they work to achieve their goals, we are inspired to do our best as well. SMART handles all the loose ends that can happen in the day-in and day-out of a middle school student's harried existence. This academic tutoring and social support is crucial to each student's success. From the time parents visit the school for a tour, through the admission process, the years they are enrolled and even through high school years, students can rely on SMART to be there for them. You need this continuity to create a successful educational support program.

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

In my line of work as a Director of Admission, I see the students arrival in Middle School and then when they graduate. I am in awe of the mature, capable young men, with an abundance of integrity moving on to be the needed leaders of tomorrow.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010

The staff are amazing and kindhearted people that really try to help change lives for underprivileged students who just need a little more attention and resources to really reach their full potential. They work directly with the students and parents to get to know them on a personal level, to meet their needs and help them reach their goals of academic success. As a former SMART student, I look back now and realize how blessed I was to have gotten the education that I got from SMART. I would have been another average student without the push that SMART gave me to strive toward better myself and trying new things. I got involved in theater and student government, established amazing relationships with my teachers, and got the preparation I needed in order to get into the college that was right for me. Now I'm an active member on the Alumni Advisory Board, trying to come up with ways to make SMART an even better program for the new generation of kids.

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

getting into Whitman College in Washington. Without the preparation from SMART beginning in middle school, I would not have been so prepared for high school, which allowed me to go to college as a first-generation student.

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

give more students opportunities to go to the schools that fit them best.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010

SMART is a wonderful organization that awards high-achieving students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to attend excellent San Francisco private schools. The program then supports the student all the way through their journey with the help of mentors and tutors. Personally, I’m just entering my second year as a volunteer tutor with SMART and couldn’t be more excited about the coming school year. SMART does a wonderful job pairing volunteers with their student based on a number of criteria from academic needs to temperament. Having established a great relationship with my “tutee” last school year, I look forward to being more and more successful as we both grow individually and together. Great volunteer experience! Great program!

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

watching the student I tutor become more confident and capable...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

SMART is a really great help to those who love school and want to excel. As a student at SMART, I got to experience both a public elementary school and then the wonders of a private middle school. This change was drastic, but SMART was there to help in every way possible. They really connected with my family and were there for assistance. I was able to further my academic skills and talents in my middle school, and got all the support they could offer. I am always proud to tell my friends that I attended The SMART Program, and what it's about because without them, I would be in an entirely different place. As a junior in high school I did 70 hours of volunteer work at SMART to give back to the place that gave my peers and I so much. After my volunteer work, I got my first paid internship there which was also a great pleasure and experience. I am so happy that I got to give back to my community in some way. Now I am a senior in high school and I am continuously helping SMART out by being on the Alumni Advisory Board. They are a GREAT program, and the staff have such big hearts which makes the program all the more inviting.

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

my education and my life. They have helped me develop many academic skills I still use today, and they have allowed me to look at everything as an oppurtunity to excel.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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