Student Advocacy, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Education

Location: 3 West Main Street Elmsford NY 10523 USA

Mission: Student Advocacy gets kids on track to school success. Our mission is to ensure a meaningful school experience for each student struggling to overcome the odds through services distinguished by
• expertise in the laws and practices of school systems, social services, mental health services and the juvenile justice system;
• a commitment to breaking down barriers in any system that are obstacles to student success;
• extensive collaboration with other child service providers and with families;
• negotiation and use of any necessary administrative remedies;
• a commitment to effecting system change through advocacy.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've helped mobilize several major communities in Westchester County to address chronic truancy. Student Advocacy has been a powerful voice for families, and it has consistently helped inform our collaborative discussions with fresh viewpoints that have helped us understand how schools can make internal adjustments (relating to safety, transportation, school choice, special education services offered, etc.) that can help remove barriers to consistent attendance by children who have been chronically truant. As a result our collaborative work has been more balanced and effective. Student Advocacy has been widely recognized as a unique and vital resource for families experiencing educational difficulties, that helps families and schools work together more effectively.

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

helping schools and other institutions understand a broader range of reasons leading to chronic truancy, including where the problem is at least partly in the school (safety, transportation, educational services not offered, etc.)and not just in the home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Many of the youth who come to my shelter have long-term conflicts at home. We work hard to tease out all the factors contributing to the struggles. Not surprising, school related problems are often a major factor. Student Advocacy is made up of dedicated and intellent attorneys and advocates who get the student record, work to understand the complexities of the family and the academic struggle. They help parents (ususlly mothers, often single mothers with a list of their own problems) understand the child better and help them without blame get the right services so their child can succeed. They produce amazing results. They form bonds with youth and families that last far beyond graduation. They are a life saving tool for many. I could not have the success we have in the shelter without their work.

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

many ways. Students who were not going to school, started attending. Students deems "uneducable" were placed in the right setting and graduated! Mothers who were falling apart emotionally began to parent their children effectively.

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

give them more money to hire more attorneys to help more families. the need is greater in the community than they can presently satisfy.

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

the success i have seem for the families we served together.

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

intellegent, kind, competent, responsive.

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

produce mush higher gradution rates for the youth of our county.

Ways to make it better...

i could have retained an advocate for my weekly case conference, but that funding, unfortunately went away with the massive budget reductions we were all forced to make.

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

limited funds to do all the work that needs to be done for the families in our county.

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

i am so happy to marginally affiliated with such a high caliber organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Feedback from families has always been positive. They have "moved mountains" to help children with emotional and behaviors isses get the right servcies and the right time.

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

watching the success of children.

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

Assist MORE families in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We have often collaborated with Student Advocacy in seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers in order to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Student advocacy has also been helpful in providing technical assistance with educational law regarding the the rights of homeless students.

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

Student Advocacy furnished legal information which we passed on to a homeless family. A child was being kept out of school, pending an evaluation. The parent was informed that the District should enroll the child, which the parent then did.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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