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March 3, 2011

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March 3, 2011

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum is a great asset to the Compton area. Children from all over LA come to receive flight lessons, tutoring, and mentoring. Without TAM, many of the youth in the program would be more likely to get involved with gangs and drugs.

The programs help the youth with
all aspects of their lives: education, skills, self-confidence, teamwork, etc.

Many of TAM's students have used the nonprofit flight training to springboard into aviation careers, including flying for airlines, tour companies, and the military.

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

Seeing 10 year old at-risk children flying airplanes and helicopters!!

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the staff size to allow for further expansion to other communities.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

You simply have to experience the magic that is created at TAM to fully appreciate the ways so many young lives have been positively affected. The museum is an oasis in what is generally perceived to be one of the worst neighborhoods in the country - it is a safe haven for local students that offers them exciting challenges and opportunities to better themselves and become productive citizens and future leaders. If you make the effort to visit TAM, you will see firsthand evidence of the many positive accomplishments of the students who have taken advantage of the programs offered by the museum.

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

I have mentored several students who have earned their pilot certificates or gone have gone on to college and taken their place in society.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would encourage the organization to take steps to expand its reach by aggressively seeking funds in order to grow.

September 5, 2009

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September 5, 2009

It is a privilege to work with the kids at TAM and I am inspired by THEM. This program gives kids an opportunity to really and truly believe they can achieve even their wildest dreams, not by telling them they can, but by showing them and assisting them in making it happen.

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

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 15, 2009

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August 15, 2009

Robin is a great mentor. He truely cares about these young people and it shows. TAM is a great asset to its community.

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

my film.

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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

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

It seems like yesterday,MY Father was rushing US around the house in South Miami,Fl. He was preparing US to go to Miami Beach, to witness His first cousin Comitee WILSON ,graduation with the TUSKEGEE Airman. After graduation the cadets were tossing their hats in the air,MY cousin found ME and put His hat on My head. Later in Detroit,MI , I joined the Cub Scouts,Boy Scouts,Air Explorer Scouts,applied to the US Airforce,rejected ,so I jonied the US Army after I had learned to fly while in the Air Scouts in Detroit. The act of mY Cousin SET MY LIFE course.Airborne,Korea,Vietnam,University,ED.Psychology,opened Psy.clinic, now I am building a small Hotel here in Cancun,Mx. I Love Support Your Org. has Done ,Will Do ,foe those Young People, All will have a positive impact on and influnece the WORLD...Thank YOU all!!!!! AHMAD..........................

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

They are Helping the YOUTH!!!!

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

Change the WORLD!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Happiness? Is when you find your passion early in life. Which is what my son Michael has done thanks to Robin Petgrave of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum. This program does not have enough support from the communities that all of these children are from. They come from everywhere from Orange County to mid Los Angeles. There are so many words that come to my mind when thinking about this program and how important it is. The tutors are wonderful. I myself lived in the city of Compton, Ca. Back then there was no gang violence nor drugs prevalent. Kids could walk home without having to worry about things like that or someone trying to kidnap them. The schools focused on sending kids to college starting in the 5th grade as well as extracurricular activities and sports. Now the teachers are trying to make school easier for these very bright children which in turn takes away their college options to be prepared for career opportunities that would come to them. But thank you Robin and Myra Petgrave for creating an opportunity for children to go to college where they could not see one. For creating an opportunity for them to be able to have a career to fall back on and for being able to find their passion at such a young age. There is no better program than this one. It is a God-send and I will always support it in any way that I can.

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

The children flying across the country and the ones that were doing terribly in school and in gangs, who are now honors students in high school and attending college.

Ways to make it better...

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

Change nothing. I have racked my brain but can find nothing.

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

The smiles on all their faces when you mention flying or C-17's.

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

Awesome!!!!!!! If you need anything everyone is on top of it. There is no blame for the ball ever dropping because if it does someone is there to catch it before it hits the floor.

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

New computers, building repairs. Hire additional staffing for maintenance, clerical, event coordinators, instructors and provide more classroom space. This would also create more tutoring space for our tutors.

Ways to make it better...

More community leaders would support this program.

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

Funding. They do need as much as they can get. New computer equipment, books, funds to pay for maintenance for the planes, as well as fuel for them. Also making it affordable for the kids.

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

I have been everywhere in this country and seen many programs for children and also volunteered for them. And I have never been more passionate about any of them as I am this one.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

I have seen first hand the amazing work that this organization does with inner city youth and the surrounding community. The founders are incredibly adept at reaching out to the (nearby) Hollywood and celebrity community to get help with PR and funding, and at the same time are wonderful communicating their message and employing folks from the Compton neighborhood where they are located. The recent incredible cross country flight, and fantastic press from Kim, has helped put this place on the map.

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

The community, in the press, and with my own son who worked there one summer

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to make sure that they were funded completely through the next 20 years to make sure their good work would continue. And probably use the money that comes in to advertise on the web or TV.

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

Seeing it grow, and knowing that it can reach for the stars. The most recent experience with Kimberly, the young 14 year old who flew across country was awe inspiring

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

Robin and Myra Petgrave were both courteous and completely professional.

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

Do better than NASA to get started on putting a human being on Mars.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to their incredible endeavor.

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

Publicity...recognition...and dealing with the down economy where people are less likely to give to outstanding organizations like this.

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

Every dollar that goes into Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum and its efforts, is going to have an exponential effect on the success of the young people in the community. When you know how to fly...you can do anything.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

What an amazing concept Robin Petgrave has created through TAM. I have a professional pilot and I have volunteered/visitid Robin's museum on several occasions. Robin understands exactly what kids need to get excited about math and science. He's great with kids! His use of aircraft to motivate students is literally the "perfect vehicle". Some of his students will become professional pilots, and all of his students will benefit from the inspiring opportunity that his flight school and museum represent.

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

the performance of children who are inspired to study math and science because they can earn the opportunity to receive free flight instruction.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the program to include subsidized aircraft mechanic vocational training. I would also expand my advertising program to attract more traditional flight students from around Southern California.

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

the people who run it and the kids who benefit from it. TAM is innovative and they are located in the right place to make a difference.

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

outstanding and dedicated.

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

reach a critical mass where it could become truly self-funded and less reliant on donations.

Ways to make it better...

TAM was assisted by additional resources to expand its programs.

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

lack of funding. Also, I don't perceive that the organization has yet reached a critical mass to survive if something were to happen to Robin Petgrave.

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

the aviation community needs TAM. Thank you for your support!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

What I have learn the Aeronautical museum program is to leran how to fly. Aeronautical is a fun program to be in,the teachers are very funny. when I turn sevevnteen I hope to do a solo.

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Ways to make it better...

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

Have alot of commercials,the kids in the program would be in movies.

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

Fly with instructors,and taking test in flight school.

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

funny,some was cool,and some in the middle.

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

It provide alot oprtunities kids who want to fly.

Ways to make it better...

I was fling helecopters with robin

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

I had no callenges at this organization.

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

In this program you would get alot of experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

I grew up in the area of the Compton airport. As a kid we used to ride our bikes over there just to watch the airplanes. We would eat at the restaurant there and wonder what it would be like to fly. I was drafted after high school and went into the Air Force. Upon my return I would still visit the airport. It became a regular stop for me. A former high school buddy Donald Robertson was a pilot and he had a plane there, from time to time I would go up with him. I knew about Robin Petgrave and his flying service being at Torrance Airport but I had never met him. Once he moved his operation to Compton airport and established the museum I got a chance to meet him at one of the air shows there. What a wonderful program he has there for the community. Makes me wish I were a kid again so that I could be part of it. I feel so happy for the kids that are experiencing what I would have loved to have experienced when I were a kid, had the program been there then. I have since retired an have relocated to the Dyersburg TN area. We have a local airport and it would be a God send if we could get Robin's program here in our local airport. I would love to volunteer there and help the kids with their homework and share my telecommunications, computer, and electronic skills with them. Robert L. Davis Newbern TN

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

Two youngsters who set world records. Jonathan who flew international in both a plane and helicopter, and the young lady who recently flew from coast to coast

Ways to make it better...

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

Get it established nationwide. The whole country needs to be made aware of it.

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

Seeing the youngsters becoming interested in flying. Embarking on a career for life.

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

First rate.

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

Expand nationwide

Ways to make it better...

The program would have been at the Compton airport when I was a youngster

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

I am not sure, however, it might be the same challenges that most organizations like this face, resources, volunteers, recognition, and contributions.

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

The youth of America need positive role models doing good works like Robin Petgrave.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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tutor a child, advise an Aviation Explorer, plan a day of service project with our Youth Leadership Council Volunteer