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June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

Having just moved to conneticut i dont know much about true colors, but i do know that this is a great organization and deserves this award. they have helped me personnally and many that i know. they are the soldiers for the lgbtq communitty and should be recognized for all that they do.

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

My community as well as the whole of CT

Ways to make it better...

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

Give all the members an award for there hard work.

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

The hospitality and understanding of the members.

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

nice, clean kind, and understanding. they deserve this award more than anyone else.

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

help get bills passed and have an official building and switchboard.

Ways to make it better...

A limo had driven me there.

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

money. there biggest problem is financial, and im sure this award could help that.

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

I LOVE TRUE COLORS!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 9, 2009

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June 9, 2009

True Colors opened my eyes to the LGBT world. The 2007 youth conference helped me realize that you know it's okay to be proud. I don't have to hide or be in the shadows. True colors, INC has given me a voice and the courage to do great things in the LGBT commnity. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be sitting typing here. They have inspired me to do such great things and I'm extremely proud to know the peoplw who run True Colors, their volunteers, and the 100s of youth they inspire.

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

Schools therapy centers in the streets the people I met through True Colors in the inspiration they've given me

Ways to make it better...

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

Repeat the movements of my predeccsors(sp?)

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

Definley all the doors it has opened for me.

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

AMAZING!!!!! plain and simple.

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

change the world. help the LGBT community even more have more events be able to have more mentoring services

Ways to make it better...

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

the number of volunteers and the time constraints and of course the stress. atogether equal quite a large challenge.

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

my life would not be the same if it was not for True Colors inc. They've helped me in so many ways and I thank Buddha that they are in existense.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 8, 2009

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June 8, 2009

I have never seen an organization so intimately involved with their mission and so committed to the people they serve. Their tiny staff somehow finds a way to make an enormous difference for hundreds (thousands?) of LGBTQIA... kids in Connecticut and beyond every year. What makes True Colors different from many other organizations is the utter honesty with which they operate. They recruit dedicated volunteers by being unabashedly honest about what will be expected of them; they are honest with the kids they serve when helping them try to make the right decisions; and they advocate honesty in their community. With this honest approach, they pull off the biggest, greatest LGBTQI Youth Conference in the country. Going to that conference is like going home to the family you always wish you had. I am so proud to be involved with this organization. Every activity provides a first-hand account of lives being changed, if not saved.

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

every activity I've attended. There is always an air of deep care and support for the youth in the program. You can tell during True Colors activities that the youth are feeling much safer and supported than they are in their daily lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

find more effective ways for everyone in the organization--youth, staff, and volunteers--to communicate their needs, ideas and logistics with each other. I would also develop a more formal fundraising effort.

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

how committed and supportive the staff are to its volunteers. Whenever I've had struggles or needed advice, Kamora has been right there to listen and help out.

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

the most dedicated, caring, fiercely loyal people in the universe. They are totally dedicated to their youth and are willing to go to any length to make sure their kids are safe and supported.

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

open affirming, supportive group homes for our youth in DCF care staffed with open-minded, positive people. And maybe find a more convenient place for their conference.

Ways to make it better...

the organization was more organized administratively and had clearer streams of communication.

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

lack of staff and resources. As with most non-profits, the True Colors staff is spread thin and can't be everywhere at once. If we could just quadruplicate each of their staff members, they might be able to do all the work there is to be done in CT.

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

this is the best non-profit I've ever been involved with. Their tiny staff works miracles for LGBTQIA kids in the state. I wish an organization like True Colors was around when I was growing up.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 6, 2009

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June 6, 2009

Any organization that aspires to serve adolescents had better have its act together, and True Colors has a very together act. Life ain't a cabaret, it's a three ring circus. True Colors handles its various programs and services with grace, joy, and professionalism, performing a juggling act while crossing a tightrope on a unicycle! It engages sexual minority youth, their families, their friends, and their allies and advocates. The True Colors annual conference is an astonishingly rich service to Connecticut, and the ongoing services that the True Colors organization provides (like adult/youth mentoring and mentoring training) are invaluable.

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

The numbers of sexual minority youth served, the variety and sophistication of True Colors' programs and services, and its engagement of diverse constituencies.

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

Observing sexual minority youth and their friends energized and engaged in productive activity, and seeing the concern of the adults in their lives.

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

A tireless, enthusiastic, and professionally skilled executive director, reliable support staff, and energetic, creative volunteers.

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

Expand its support staff and expand its programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 6, 2009

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June 6, 2009

The best non-profits are mission focussed with strong professional practices and standards and with healthy personal commitment from leadership and staff. While I have been around many good non-profits, I think True Colors may be the best of the lot.

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

helping foster kids find appropriate LGBT supportive homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

self-destruct.

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

The transcendent combination of passion and professional skills combined on behalf of their mission.

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

committed.

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

Effectively cover Connecticut and help replicate elsewhere.

Ways to make it better...

had been able to commit more time.

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

limited philanthropic dollars, prejudice, trying to respond to needs state-wide with VERY limited staff and a comparatively small volunteer base from one office.

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

The founder and Executive Director has provided compelling leadership.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 5, 2009

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June 5, 2009

True Colors is officially a conference for sexual and gender minority youth. I suppose that's correct, but to me it's so much more than that. I first attended the conference when I was in high school, not so long ago. The next year I was in the fray, helping plan and volunteering. Working with True Colors has been my way of sharing the great fortune I've had in my life with youth who have not been so lucky. Many of the children who attend True Colors are not accepted for being who they are and the conference is one of the few places where they can really be themselves, and I think that is a beautiful thing.

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

my high school, where kids who never smiled did for a day.

Ways to make it better...

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

need the skills of a ninja, because that's what Robin has; I don't really know how she does it every year.

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

coming in contact with such a multitude of people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet without it.

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

absolutely awesome!

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

make even more of difference for youth who are often not given a chance.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't been sick.

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

money, because there's never enough of it to help everyone that we'd like to, acceptance, because there are still people who want to come to the conference but aren't permitted for whatever reason, and a lack of limbs, since we each only have so many.

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

I don't really know where I'd be without True Colors; it has definitely given me a model for my life and for helping others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 5, 2009

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June 5, 2009

True Colors is an amazing organization. I happened upon the organization by chance - Kamora, director of the mentor program, sat and chatted with me during a non-GLBT event at which I was set to present. I was more excited about the mentor program than my event and followed up with Kamora about the organization later on. As a lesbian who made it through her teen years, I immediately thought of how different my life might have been had I the opportunity to have a GLBTQI mentor, a GSA, or a organization like TC. I then met Robin, executive director, and I learned of the myriad of services offered by TC and I was officially hooked. I joined the Board and became a mentor. The importance of the organization cannot be downplayed. Although our community has seen so much progress we have so far to go. Bullying of GLBTQI youth continues, suicide rates for our youth is up, and there are not enough support services for kids in this population. True Colors offers so much hope and support to Connecticut's youth each day. And once a year they go global and host the largest GLBTQI youth conference. If you haven't attended the conference you should - GLBTQI or an ally - it is amazingly empowering to sit in a room with 3000 GLBTQI and ally youth. Yes, I wish I had this organization when I was younger - I wish I had at least one person who then could have tole me what Robin, Kamora, Leah say each day to a kid - there is nothing wrong with you for being gay. To be involved with the organization is a blessing. True Colors gets my highest praise!

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

the eyes of each youth attending the annual True Colors Conference.

Ways to make it better...

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

go national!

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

volunteering at the conference and lending my expertise wherever I can.

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

amazing!

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

be a global organization!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give to the Board and my mentee.

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

money, money, money!

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

True Colors Rocks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 5, 2009

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June 5, 2009

I have been involved with True Colors for over 10 years. Their annual youth conference alone is possibly one of the most powerful experiences I have had in my lifetime (of over 50 years). True Colors works diligently to help LGBTQQII youth develop their self image and dignity. They give youth who often feel marginalized and on the fringe of their social circles a chance to be part of a thriving social network. Thru their year-round mentoring program, True Colors gives support to those young people who might otherwise be ignored and left to founder in the layers of bureaucracy. I applaud Robin McHaelan and her staff for thinking beyond their budgets, and structures, and capabilities to enabling the impossible to be done.

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

the lives of young people who have developed into young adults who are proud and self assured.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope that I could do as great a job as Robin McHaelan does now. Her tireless commitment and constant dedication is an inspiration to anyone heading a non-profit organization.

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

being able to listen to the hopes, dreams and aspirations voiced by young confident citizens who realize that their future is theirs to command.

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

deidcated, involved, and constantly present in the lives of their clients. Each and every one volunteer and paid staff alike are the consumate professionals.

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

could ease the aches in the hearts of so many youth all over the country. They would foster a generation of LGBT youth who were empowered and inspired to live their lives to their fullect potential.

Ways to make it better...

True Colors had more funds and resources to reach every young person who needs their help.

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

Money, money and money.

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

True Colors are their own worst enemies, they dedicate so much time to their mission, that they don't leave themselves much time for self-promotion, fundaraising and development

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 5, 2009

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June 5, 2009

True Colors annual conference has expanded from from a small conference that was held at University of Hartford to a conference that attracts close to 3000 attendees at the University of Connecticut, many of them are professionals. They have added a third day to the conference just for professional working with LGBT youth. But they also have a mentoring program for LGBT kids. They work with to department of Children and Families to place LGBT youth with LGBT forester parents. In addition, True Colors is a member of the Anti-Discrimination Coalition working to pass a gender inclusive anti-discrimination law.

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

the youth who have increased their self esteem through the mentoring program

Ways to make it better...

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

keep it just like it is now, focus on LGBT youth

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

working with their highly professional staff

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

motivated and very helpful. It was a pleasure to work with them.

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

they could expand to other states. They are unique and could be a model program for other states

Ways to make it better...

we were able to pass a gender inclusive anti-discrimination bill

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

to overcome the lack of popper funding. In today;s economy they have made the best with what grants that they receive.

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

In my second year of grad school, I hope to intern with them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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