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August 22, 2013

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August 22, 2013

The Youth Science Center, a non-profit science facility for elementary children, has been operational for over 20 years. It is a learning magnet to children and their parents who want to expand young peoples creativity, talent and potential in the scientific arts, for beyond what regular teaching facility's are able to do in this evolving area.
Children are exposed to physics, botany, biology, space science in creative, exciting, safe and wondrous ways by a capable staff of science loving teachers and administrators. YSC provides multi-tasking opportunities for hands on experiences from robotics to rocketry, plants to animals, computers to chemistry-No wonder children keep coming back year after year.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 21, 2013

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August 21, 2013

As an elementary science teacher for over twenty years, I know first-hand the positive impact YSC makes on children at all levels, The programs offered provide enriching opportunity for students to develop a real love for exploration and discovery ... exactly what science is! Applying hands-on processes, fostering inquiry, and gaining an understanding of the world around them beyond the everyday classroom...that is the Hacienda Youth Science Center experience!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 20, 2013

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August 20, 2013

Youth Science Center strives for excellence at all levels. They want students to explore science concepts by doing, not just listening. Each hands-on experience moves a child closer to true, discovery learning. Awesome job, YSC!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 24, 2012

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September 1, 2011

As a teacher and a board member, I am amazed at the dedication to science education offered by the YSC. This summer, YSC offered 5 weeks of hands-on science experiences to the youth in our communitie... more

October 24, 2012

The Youth Science Center in the San Gabriel Valley has fantastic scientifically literate enthusiasts on its board and in the community. My involvement was first as a mother of 3 boys 25 years ago - looking for a place to interest my sons in a science field. Through YSC classes, workshops, guest speakers and field trips, my sons went to college to learn more about a particular science field. The hands-on classes were so interesting that I soon became a active volunteer and then an elementary school science coordinator. I gained an appreciation of tidepool animals (pretty much outside our back door) and geology (rocks and minerals) and it influenced my personal teaching skills. All students attending classes learn what that particular scientist does in the real world so that they can pursue their passion as they grow.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 1, 2011

As a teacher and a board member, I am amazed at the dedication to science education offered by the YSC. This summer, YSC offered 5 weeks of hands-on science experiences to the youth in our communities. It is a pleasure to meet and teach the youth, and also to educate the parents through them. YSC also has many high school and adult volunteers who serve selflessly to support the rigorous content. Hats off to the volunteers as many offer support through their knowledge of technology and science interests. They are the best!

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

my grandson's understanding of science concepts. He relates much of what he learned and experience this summer into his daily life. The sugar crystals he grew are now ready to be tasted! Now he wants to try other white powders to see what crystals form.

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

like to see them in a stand alone museum/education center. That way they wouldn't have barriers to hours of operation and would have complete access to all the exhibits at any time.

August 29, 2010

About 25 years ago, I was looking for a place to send my 3 sons for science / educational opportunities. Their teachers at their school were not interested in presenting stimulating hands on science, but read science texts and had students answer questions at the end of the chapter. The only science summer camps I knew of were in downtown Los Angeles, about 25 miles away. I heard through a friend about the Youth Science Center offering after school mini-classes with emphasis on different science phenomena in our local area. We were WOWed when we attended a class on GLOW-In-the-Dark chemicals and how they light up because of chemical reactions! The Youth Science Center soon began offering summer classes in Hacienda Heights. After attending a few classes, we were hooked! So much, so, that it greatly improved my effectiveness as a science teacher! I began teaching classes at the YSC during the summer, and now I couldn’t think of anything more enriching to my profession. In fact, my 6 year old grandson took his first class of Balance in the Circus last year! I firmly believe that anyone could find their passion in a science field through the Youth Science Center!!!

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

my ability to understand and share my passion for science. I have since developed a science program for my K-5 school district. Working with scientists and other professionals, I returned to college to earn my M.A. in Curriculum and Development.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them establish a permanent site so that school groups would be able to visit and attend classes.

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

the attitude that everyone can benefit and have fun while becoming science literate.

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

extremely helpful and enthused about what they do. The principal and museum director of the YSC checked with teachers every day to ask if they have what they need to teach their unit in science in an interactive way.

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

build a museum that could house their extensive collections.

Ways to make it better...

the YSC could easily access the materials they have.

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

publicity and monetary support to further their mission.

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

there have been many volunteers over the years that have contributed to making the YSC a relevant, and highly successful venture for science education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2011

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August 11, 2011

I have worked at Youth Science Center for a few years now and can honestly say that YSC exemplifies teaching at its best! Its not your read from the textbox style, its loaded with discovery and a passion for the subjects at hand. The children come away with not only a greater understanding of the concepts, but a thurst to learn more! (And they leave with the tools and skills to do so.) I am literally honored to be able to teach there!

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

Our students learn.

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

If I won the lottery I would assist YSC in reaching more young monds!

August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

I am a teacher at YSC and my 3 children (all adults now) went through the YSC classes for many years. Staff cares about kids and adults. We do good things for kids. We get them to think and use their minds to think and react to experiences which will prepare them for their future as they enter middle school, high school, college and the workforce. Hands-on, minds-on is what YSC is all about. Not only do they do but they think why.
Conclusions are generated based on the hands-on they experience. In some cases, science notebooks are used for recording observations and data collected.

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My personal experience is 2-fold: Science Educator and Parent. My experiences as a science educator is that students are getting" beyond textbook" experiences and opporutunities. My experience as a parent of children who attended is that they learned more than just science, but opportunities for collaboration, expression of scientific theory and why.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more funding and larger site to run this organization. I would also give them more PR.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Run by a small staff but hits a large community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

I have been teaching for the YSC for 6 years. I have enjoyed each experience. I especially appreciate the leadership of Mr. Ron and Judy Chong. They are well organized and provide all the support a teacher needs to succeed. I can tell they enjoy the children and the staff under them. They also look to the future and want to provide the most up-to-date curriculum and resources necessary to capture a student's attention.

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

Teaching for them in many subject areas.

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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 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

The Youth Science Center (YSC) offers an engaging, standards-based curriculum to our students in teh Mountain View School District. For the past five years, YSC has expanded the minds of our students by providing them with hands-on experiences in astronomy, robotics, and life science. Students benefit from these high interest activities with deeper knowledge of the sciences and its relationship to everyday life. This opportunity is invaluable to our students. The program is well-designed. The YSC staff help to ensure that the program runs smoothly and effectively.

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

Our students have benefited from this hands-on science program by deepening their knowledge and understanding of teh sciences.

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

The ease and service orientation of YSC makes then an invaluable resource to teh San Gabriel Valley community.

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

The program director and project lead are very focused and efficient in their work and communications.

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

Greatly strengthen teh knowledge and undertsanding of teh sciences which are greatly needed in today's world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

I was a teacher for the Youth Science Camp for 2010 for two weeks. I taught fossils one week and the other matter. It was such a great experience for the kids because they got to included in hands on experiments! Even better, the camp was free which helped alot of the kids families since they come from low socio-economic communities. I will definately want to participate in it again!

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

the children's whole attitude towards school. they continue to realized that science CAN be fun and amazing!

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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 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

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