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August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

My three children have been attending YSC for 5 years and look forward to it every summer! The staff is great and the variety of classes offered is wonderful.

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

seeing my three children become excited about the different sciences and its many applications.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand staff to allow for more classes.

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

The variety of classes offered by excellent staff.

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

very helpful and caring.

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

be the best in the country, expand the facility, and draw even more expert qualified staff!

Ways to make it better...

There were more sessions offered.

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

funding and enrollment, getting the word out about the excellent summer program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 14, 2010

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August 14, 2010

As a principal of 16 years in the area serviced by the Youth Science Center I experienced the impact the center had on the children of the community. The summer program offered exciting learning opportunities in a wide range of areas. The cost of the program was reasonable and scholarships were offered to families with financial need. The Science Center also brought free programs to the schools on topics such as "Water". My own two children attended the summer program for many years. I can honestly say it was a life changing experience for both my son and daughter. The caring staff make it a fun place to learn.

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

The impact on the school where I was principal, the experiences of students in my community, the experience of my own two children. The program feeds a passion for learning in the area of science.

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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

August 9, 2010

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August 9, 2010

Caring and friendly YSC staff as well as excellent teachers motivating children on science and arts. This is our second year and very impressed with this fine program.

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

My child enjoyed the Dr. Flubber class, great minds of science, circle of life and learning how to sew. What a lost art sewing is and wonderful that it is offered at YSC.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have some classes offered in August if possible.

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

the friendly and professional staff and teachers. The teachers were able to keep the kids motivated in learning and very interactive lessons.

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

friendly and professional and people with a genuine care for the children to learn science, technology and the arts. We appreciate their dedication to teaching the children in our community.

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

offer more classes and upgrade the facility and offer scholarships to the kids for college education.

Ways to make it better...

more classes were offered especially afternoon time slots.

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

getting more children to enroll

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

they offer field trips to see and observe real work places. This is great for kids to experience. More please! :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 9, 2010

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August 9, 2010

I worked with Youth Science Center for a total of 13 years so far. It has been the best experience ever for a me as a teacher and a parent. I love teaching science and math classes with hands on experiences like building solar ovens, etc. My son also loved the classes he enrolled in when he was younger, he is now 19 years old and in college.

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

Each year I evaluate data from the student tests given in every class and each child has improved his or her understanding of science and math as determined by pre-tests and post-tests.

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

I would not change anything because it is a perfectly run organization.

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

how happy the children are to be in the classes doing the activities.

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

wonderful. They were very helpful and kind to everyone.

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

build a new structure because it needs a permanent structure.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing. It was even better than expected.

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

Funding! It needs more funds to offer even more classes.

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

Youth Science Center has been an asset to the community for many years. Many of their former students are in college and giving back to the community by volunteering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 8, 2010

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August 8, 2010

This is a terrific organization, founded 25 years ago. We heard about it this spring from someone at my son's boy scout troop, and we are glad we did. In the course of the three classes he took, he built a catapult and trebuchet (learning physics along the way); built and programmed robots (Lego Mindstorms); and studied science and the "Great Minds" that pioneered it. Also, the YSC sponsors field trips to places like Northrop, The Paige Museum at La Brea Tar Pits and the Raymond Alf Museum. We have not been disappointed and look forward to enrolling next year. Oh, and staff and volunteers are all very friendly, and the classes are affordable, as it is a non profit organization.

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

an increase in my son's understanding of, and interest in science. Many of the YSC's former students now are studying or have studied science in universities, thanks in part to their experiences at the YSC.

Ways to make it better...

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

They are hoping to get a county or city grant for a new structure. This would be very nice for them.

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

The field trips -- and giving my son some academic activities during the summer.

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

Very friendly, from the founders to the volunteers who enrolled us and showed us around the exhibits.

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

Build a new, state of the art campus with audio visual, lots of computers and software, and other educational tools. Also, they could invest in a bus and driver for field trips and offer some compensation to their volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing, they are excellent!

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

They need funds, like all growing Non profits!

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

They are terrific! Thanks for helping make it great summer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 8, 2010

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August 8, 2010

The Youth Science Center's summer classes were always highlay anticipated by my four children every year. They usually attended a class every week of the summer sessions. One child in particular loved science and ended up with a career in the medical field; he is now a pediatrician. The YSC classes nurtured his early interest in anything connected with life sciences. Of course his favorite classes were those connected with dissecting!

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

Not only did I see my children grow from their class experiences, but I also publicize YSC events and achievements in the weekly columns I write for a local newspaper. there are always many stories to tell!

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

its wide variety of classes and experienced teachers

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

knowledgeable, professional, positive, and worked well with kids

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

change the lives of thousands of children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 7, 2010

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August 7, 2010

I first got involved with the YSC in the late 1980's when my 7-year-old daughter took a class on electricity. I was amazed when she brought home a working flashlight she had made out of a battery, wires, a toilet paper tube, and a switch. It was one of many take-home projects she made that week, including a magnetic toy and a battery. She was able to explain how and why they worked, and she had FUN! I started working for the YSC, and over the years she took as many classes as possible until she grew too old for the program. Students learn so much in such a short time at the YSC. But its greatest achievement has to be the pure joy of discovery, the actual excitement in learning that it inspires, and that is so evident in the faces of these students. One mother - whose son evidently had somewhat ambivalent feelings about going to "school" during his summer vacation - told us that after the first day of class he came home in smiles. He told her, "I thought we'd be sitting in rows!" It wasn't the arrangement of chairs that made him eager to return the next day, but his teacher's use of the fun, hands-on approach that is the root of all YSC classes. The success of the Youth Science Center as it has flourished over 48 years can be attributed to the tireless work of its volunteers, the dedication and passion of its leaders, (most of whom are volunteers themselves), and its skilled and energized teaching staff. The operating word is passion: You get the feeling that they all really care about what they do. And it shows. Oh, and do I think the YSC had any influence on my daughter's life? I think so. She has been pursuing studies in particle physics and is scheduled to receive her doctorate next year. Yes, I think so.

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see above

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

The enthusiasm with which the organization presents science to young minds is catching. It is no wonder that those who are fortunate enough to be a part of the Youth Science Center's program go on to remarkable careers. It was very satisfying to see the wonder and the joy in the faces of the kids in a shopping mall as they interacted with the inventions and creatures that the YSC brings.

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

the events held in shopping malls and in informational/promotional events.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

The Youth Science Center is a superb organization with quality programs that proves science can be fun for youngsters. I hope the YSC is able to form new partnerships in the future with surrounding school districts to help fill in the gaps that were left when our leaders in Sacramento gutted education funding.

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

their outreach to our local school districts, and their work with specific schools. They really have quality programs with excellent instruction. They really have a knack for making science fun and accessible.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to get more funding to this organization so they can expand their good work in our community. We have a serious shortage of good programs like this, especially given the severe cuts to public education.

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

the quality and variety of programs for kids.

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

knowledgeable and engaging.

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

expand it's operations throughout the San Gabriel Valley to assist Districts with science instruction programs.

Ways to make it better...

the programs were longer in duration (which costs money).

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

Financial, to support programs, and perhaps to begin paying instructors to continue to attract good people.

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

This is a community organization that serves our kids. There is nothing more noble and worthwhile than that!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

A place of wonder, discovery, imagination, learning, and fun! Enthusiasm for learning and teaching is revitalized everyday by all. If science takes us into tomorrow, the Youth Science Center will be responsible for many great things.

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

Teaching for them during the summers and school year programs have afforded me the chance to see many children offered the sciences that public schools don't have time, or expertise, to do.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would enable the Youth Science Center to grow and increase its facilities, allowing for more classes,more activities and increase the number of children that could be served. More incredible teachers could come and share.

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

allowing me to be part of all that it is.

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

the most amzing group: the teachers are beyond qualified, the staf, almost too kind, and the volunteers,well, if they are an example of today's youth, we are doing pretty good.

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

be a complete, year-round science facility that would benefit many more children. And the numbers of disadvantaged children experiecing the center could be increased.

Ways to make it better...

we could be all summer long and every weekend!

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

not having enough space.

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

I can think of no place better for children, no place.

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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