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September 3, 2013

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August 4, 2010

Having been associated with the Youth Science Center for over 8 years (first as a student, then as a volunteer), I think I can honestly say that what they do can really inspire and help children who, ... more

September 3, 2013

I have only great things to say about the Youth Science Center. I am currently a student studying electrical engineering and business at the University of Pennsylvania, but my ties with the YSC go back to 3rd grade, when I was first enrolled in summer classes there. I was exposed to novel scientific concepts and hands-on activities that, truth be told, far exceeded the kinds of activities that I saw at school I attended. I later served the YSC as a volunteer and network administrator, and from that standpoint the experiences I had working for and with them were incredibly valuable. It is my sincere conviction that my experiences with the YSC positively influenced me in my younger years, and I can directly credit the YSC for inspiring me to pursue a career in engineering and design.

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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?

2012

August 4, 2010

Having been associated with the Youth Science Center for over 8 years (first as a student, then as a volunteer), I think I can honestly say that what they do can really inspire and help children who, otherwise, would have limited exposure to the world of science and technology. The knowledge I gained from learning there and later volunteering there have proved invaluable.

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

many ways. Attending the YSC was one of the first catalysts for my love of science, and since then I have always pursued scientific and business ventures.

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

the friendliness of the people and their goal.

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

friendly, hardworking, and dedicated.

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

do many great things - it could change the future for hundreds, maybe even thousands of kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 24, 2013

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October 15, 2012

How rewarding an experience it is to be able to write grants for the Youth Science Center. What I like most is grants that target Title I schools with our Outreach program so that these students can ... more

August 24, 2013

It is so rewarding to know that my volunteering is helping YSC so that it can provide instruction in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, aka "science literacy", that not only leads to careers in the STEM areas, but also prepares students to become productive citizens and analytical thinkers. YSC's track record speaks for itself and their program prepares youth for careers that will make our country become even more competitive. It is gratifying to know that YSC's program, with its hands-on focus, is already aligned with the new "Next Generation Science Standards."

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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?

A lot

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?

2013

October 15, 2012

How rewarding an experience it is to be able to write grants for the Youth Science Center. What I like most is grants that target Title I schools with our Outreach program so that these students can access the same high quality STEM education programs at their home schools that more affluent students in other areas receive.

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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?

2012

August 3, 2010

My son and nephews went through YSC's program many years ago, and all have advanced degrees in science (2 computer engineers and one physician). All attribute YSC for fostering their interests in science. As a retired educator, I thought volunteering for YSC was the perfect opportunity to give back to an organization that had served my family so well, while also helping my community. By writing grants, I am still involved in the field of education. Not only are children in my immediate neighborhood afforded a rich science and technology curriculum to supplement and compliment what is offered in public schools, but YSC also services at-risk populations in neighboring communities in the San Gabriel Valley, at no cost to the students. Still being involved with preparing our children for a 21st century world -- what can be more gratifying for a retired teacher!

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

My two nephews received their Ph D's in computer engineering and my son is an M.D. All claim that the hands-on-learning strategies piqued and nurtured their interests in science. Pre vs post test scores showcase the value of YSC's program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 24, 2013

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August 24, 2013

The The youth Science Center is a wonderful place for children to learn about their surroundings. The teachers are caring and informative about not only their classes but about fieldtrips and other topics their peers may be teaching. It is a place where it is fun to volunteer because you learn something too.

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

add more fieldtrips throughout the school year.

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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?

2013

October 26, 2012

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October 26, 2012

Last summer was the first time I got involved with the Youth Science Center. I was a volunteer and I enjoyed it! The teachers and staff were friendly and provided every chance for the children to learn and encouraged volunteers to see what fields in science they could get into. The Youth Science Center offered various field trips–from aviation to prosthetics! They also offered raffles and contests for students and parents. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to join the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Essay Contest and extremely happy that my essay was the winning entry for the high school division! We should have more organizations like YSC to promote education and form leaders in the science field. Thank you, YSC!

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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?

Some

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?

2012

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

The Youth Science Center helps instill the passion for learning and promotes logic and reason in application to everyday life as well as some of the more unique circumstances they may encounter. From helping children with geology to woodworks to electronics classes, they offer a variety of different courses that are fun yet educational. I volunteered at the woodworks class and they stressed safety above all else; while the teachers are pretty lenient, they still mantain a picture perfect model of a classroom. While students try to expand their creative horizons by constucting works of art, they use their problem solving in order to overcome obstacles or using their skills in core subjects such as math to calculate how large an object will be, or how much wood to cut off to make an item. The only critism I can give is that the classes were a bit short, but that was probably due to the fact that I volunteered during the summer time, when most families go vacationing.

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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?

2012

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

My kids have attended the summer sessions for 3 years and even though it's 20 miles away from our home it is well worth the drive! I can't say enough good things about the program they offer for the kids from over 60 different classes, to the well-trained teachers and staff! It's was a pleasure to go there. Every summer I tell my friends about their program. One year I even brought my Cub Scout Den after school to check out their hands on museum. I just wish they had a YSC closer to us or even in every School District!

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

Since I was a parent volunteer in the classroom I was able to watch my kids experience the oohhs and aahs of discovering science. It was a sheer pleasure to help the other kids too. I even got to learn a little myself when my son took a web design class

Ways to make it better...

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

... build a bigger building to house their museum and have them offer satellite classes to the neighboring school districts.

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

The wide variety of classes and the GREAT, inexpensive field trips they offer every summer!

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

The teachers were excited to be there and it showed in their teaching. The volunteers were happy to be help too, just like I was.

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

. . . build a bigger building for their museum. Maybe they could even offer classes further away.

Ways to make it better...

If it was closer to my home! 20 miles is far, but well worth the drive for what they offer.

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

As with any nonprofit - earning money to keep all the great programs going!

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

. . . now that my kids are getting older, I wish the YSC would offer summer classes thru high school.

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 4, 2010

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August 4, 2010

Our family has been involved with YSC since my son was in kindergaten. I can not say enough good things about the program. The teachers that YSC selects, all have a passion for science and their love for science is evident in the classroom. I have always volunteered throughout the entire class time in my childs classes so I have the first hand privilege of observation. There are so many different areas of science that YSC exposes children to, and the teachers stretch the minds and imaginations of these children. This program is by far the best that we have been involved with. The individualized attention of the teachers is amazing. Over the years, my son has developed special relationships with the teachers, and I know the concepts taught at YSC have influenced his life long learning.

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

My son was able to teach a boy scout troop rocket safety class with praise from his adult leaders regarding his knowledge and communication of information to his fellow scouts. I know his success in presentation was a direct result of the teaching at YSC.

Ways to make it better...

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

Allow them to expand their facilities to reach more children.

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

The depth of teaching they give the children to help them explore and expand their imagination and thinking.

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

The teaching staff are specialists in science and have a love and passion for the different areas of science that they teach. That passion translates into an amazing presentation of science to youth.

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

Expand their program to more areas. Increase their classes and teaching staff.

Ways to make it better...

YSC was closer to my home. I commuted a total of one hour every day for my son to be involved in this program. It was worth it and I would definatedly make the drive again, the program is that good!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 4, 2010

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August 4, 2010

Youth Science Center is a non-profit organization helping children to feel the joy of science while expanding their intellectual capacity to participate in the scientific enterprise. The staff are caring administrators and the teachers are educators with expertise in fun and rigor. The students come ready to learn each day and the result is a truly wonderful environment to learn about science. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

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

watching my 7 year old son grow in scientific wisdom.

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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?

2010

August 4, 2010

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August 4, 2010

25 years ago, some friends and I started an offshoot to YSC Fullerton. As a Science teacher and friend, I hope I have contributed as much as the YSC has helped me grow.

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

watching the community around us accept us as helpful to their children's understanding of the world...and watching their children grow, still a part of us

Ways to make it better...

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

have a permanent hands-on multi-use museum and activity center where the seniors of the community would be a welcome asset to the center.

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

watching children get the "aha!" look.

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

first class

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

make a considerable contribution to the children in our area, so much so, that I believe that our San Gabriel, Ca., area would be a magnet for many other centers to grow from.

Ways to make it better...

I stayed consistently on board.

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

the US economy, the people who profess math and science important, but do not contribute, the fragility of our center.

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

it's been a pleasure and honor to work with the point people in this center. Each of them need to be treasured.

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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