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September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

This program is an incredible representation of community organizing to address the multisystemic, incredibly complex needs of homeless and runaway youth. And to think it's all done by volunteers who have kids, jobs that pay, and other demands...yet still get out on the streets, and into the shelters, and stay on kids that need guidance, and nurture those that have no other supports... that's an incredible testament to the culture of StandUp For Kids and the power of every community to address the needs of its most vulnerable population.

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

seeking support from partnering community agencies and organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

improve measurement and evaluation; hire the very best PR and development staff at national level; stop being so humble about what services we provide and changes we make!

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

a feeling of real change and the friendships that come with the youth and volunteers from wide swaths of life

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

incredibly dedicated

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

open drop-in centers and coordinate housing support for thousands of youth around the country.

Ways to make it better...

i had known on day 1 what i know now about volunteer development and community partnerships.

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

growth in numbers of homeless youth met with increased competition for limited funds.

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

for what limited resources the program has, it does one heck of a lot and it never falls through for the kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

I've been involved in getting the New York City chapter up and running again. While the work has been tough and some of the work difficult, knowing that the mission of Stand Up For Kids is to help fight youth homelessness makes it very rewarding. Having such a large city to work in has made the challenge of getting the program up and running challenging and frustrating at times. But I am sure that no matter what the size of the city the issues of recruiting and maintaining volunteers, gaining resources, and helping kids is never easy. SUFK does a great job of providing training for the leadership team and volunteers. One of the great things about working with SUFK is that as a leader, I have the ability to develop the program in ways that are specific to NYC and that don't try to force a standard template on us. I would like to see the forum improved so that there is an easier way for leaders all across the country share their ideas that work and don't work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Develop a better overall fundraising program. I think we don't do nearly enough to get money that can be used to fund scholarships, outreach centers and other programs.

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

I have enjoyed the chance to rebuild a program that can definitely help homeless kids in NYC.

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

I have met a diverse group of volunteers and staff. The great thing is that you do have an opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds.

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

help a lot more kids. I especially think that this money would help the organization operate outreach centers in more cities. This money could also be used to help fund programs that will help the kids get training or education to help build a future.

Ways to make it better...

I had shown a stronger influence early on and been more forceful in beginning outreach at an earlier date.

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

that youth homelessness is becoming a bigger problem because of the economy. In some cities there is also the potential for backlash against homeless youth because people may not understand the real issues at the heart of the issue.

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

It is truly amazing to work with a group of volunteers that are dedicated and freely give their time and energy to such a worthy cause. I think we live in a society that sometimes makes it too easy to be cynical and to lose touch w/our humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

Working at StandUp For Kids has been one of the most rewarding life experiences. I enjoy working with the people and the kids we help. They are like family.

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

Helping teens to get off the street and into a safe home.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

I came to StandUp For Kids as a new employee looking for something more rewarding - BOY, DID I GET IT!!! There is nothing more gratifying than coming to work each day and interacting with the truly AMAZING volunteers that have each given so much of their time and hearts to fulfilling the mission of StandUp For Kids that is, except for being able to share in the lives of the youth our programs serve! Being the family that they would otherwise not have, listening and being a friend when things are bad, and celebrating with them in their accomplishments is an unbelievable feeling. Never did I think it was possible to love what I did for a living until I came to work here, and never did I think I'd actually LOVE the people I work with and for! StandUp For Kids is a unique organization with so much to offer each person that becomes involved - staff, volunteers, youth - and the experience definitely becomes a part of who you are for the rest of your life.

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

being witness to the kids it's helped. I've worked with and met some of the most talented young people that may never had a chance had it not been for StandUp For Kids.

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

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

The best volunteers in the WORLD!! I've been very fortunate to work with so many people who are so giving of their time and hearts for the sake of helping kids. They are my heroes!

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

reach more homeless youth in more cities across the country, help send kids to college or job training programs, be able to reach more people to raise awareness for homeless youth through national advocacy campaigns.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to assist programs more personally, and by having more staff in the field that could be more 'hands on' with the volunteers to help build even more programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

I found StandUp For Kids Years Ago (8-10 years ago)in searching for worthwhile, amazing charities I could get behind, support and volunteer for, and StandUp For Kids has been it! I have done everything from donating and collecting clothes and items for the homeless youth, helping out in our Local Center in San Diego, Ca and with various local events and activities, and fundraising for the charity. Founder Rick Koca has the biggest heart and has created a charity that just makes you feel Great when you get involved, and the difference you can make in the lives of our homeless youth! So join us volunteers and get involved!!

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

San Diego, Ca

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing, Rick Does an Amazing Job, and things have grown so much in the past 10 years since I first got involved.

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

What we do to help homeless youth, and spread the word about the charity.

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

Friendly, genuine and hard workers.

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

Open more centers and help alot more kids.

Ways to make it better...

Only I can make it better by making more time to volunteer and contribute.

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

Getting the word out there how great they are and just how many homeless youth they are able to help and want to help by opening more centers.

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

I love this Charity!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 26, 2012

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September 9, 2009

What this great nonprofit means to me: It’s not about having a place to call home or even a place to lay your head at night. It’s about knowing who you are and where you come from and wh... more

September 26, 2012

This note is in response to a post by Mr. Kevin Dickerson who believes that I and the organization with which I work did him wrong in a recent business dealing. What is most concerning is that the business relationship started just one week ago and his public response to what actually transpired seems out of balance given that fact.

Since we don’t have much money for our mission, which is to help kids who are homeless and generally at-risk, over the years we often have asked a variety of volunteers with similar talents to help us with something. It’s never been a secret – many volunteer vendors have appreciated it since people get busy and the work can get pushed to the back burner. Therefore, to keep things moving, we ask around for help and sometimes several people go down similar paths in helping us come up with the right solution.

Mr. Dickerson kindly agreed to do some graphic design work on a specific project last week for our volunteer led organization. We have a variety of designers and asked a couple to help us. Apparently, this took Mr. Dickerson by surprise and angered him as did the fact his design was not chosen. I am apologetic that Mr. Dickerson feels that way – but we have never had a situation where a volunteer vendor was upset that others also were working on a task. We’ve always enjoyed a “One team – one fight” kind of spirit. Anyway, it’s about the kids, not whose work is chosen or why.

I’m fine with someone targeting me or my management style because I am far from perfect. But, to go after the organization seems vindictive and excessive. I offered Mr. Dickerson a letter on behalf of the organization to thank him and credit him for the hours spent on his design but, he declined.

Again, no harm was intended and I do think the response from him was disproportionate to the perceived lack of consideration -- especially since we did not even have time to develop a working relationship in just a week! Who knows what good Mr. Dickerson could have done the organization in the future had this first short experience not dissolved the way it has.

Thank you.

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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

September 9, 2009

What this great nonprofit means to me: It’s not about having a place to call home or even a place to lay your head at night. It’s about knowing who you are and where you come from and which direction to take the next day. Its knowing you can turn your back when it’s too painful, but return knowing everything remains the way you left it. Being able to laugh and cry and know you’re loved regardless of your weaknesses or strengths. And knowing the people you call your friends and family love you unconditionally. That is your home. Thank you StandUp For Kids for being my home and home for all of Americas homeless youth!

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

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

open more Outreach Centers so we could reach more homeless and street kids who need our help and hire more staff to assist our programs in every capacity.

Ways to make it better...

I had the opportunity to personally meet all of our volunteers face to face and thank them for all of their hard work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 9, 2009

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September 9, 2009

As the Founder & CEO of StandUp For Kids, I'm proud to say that we've been on the streets for almost 20 years, making a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of homeless and street kids and at-risk youth. All of this through the thousands of volunteers that have come to help in this effort to make the difference in the lives of kids who believe that no one cares about the. If there's one thing that StandUp For Kids could do for you today, what would that be? My sincere appreciation to the kids, the volunteers, and sponsors and supporters who have helped make an unbelievable difference in more than 43 communities. With Best Regards, Rick Koca Founder & CEO StandUp For Kids

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

Yes, I've been with the Kids, with the Volunteers, and with the Supporters and Sponsors.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Making a real difference. It might take a village, but it begins with one person!

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

Committed, Dedicated and real!

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

Start programs in more cities and open outreach centers in cities where they already have programs.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more background experience before starting StandUp For Kids. 30 years in the Navy didn't teach me what I needed to know to start a nonprofit! : )

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

More leaders

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

Tomorrow is a new day, and we will be here!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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