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August 20, 2013

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November 6, 2012

The Youth Science Center gives children an opportunity to learn about science while having fun. Hands-on activities allow children to explore scientific principles at a level and pace that is meaningf... more

August 20, 2013

I love working for the Youth Science Center. It is so awesome to see little children experience science by doing their projects. It is great to see the children grow and change over the years as they come back year after year for more classes and sometimes when they are too old to take classes they come back to volunteer for us.

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

Find ways to expand this program to include more students.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 6, 2012

The Youth Science Center gives children an opportunity to learn about science while having fun. Hands-on activities allow children to explore scientific principles at a level and pace that is meaningful for them. I have seen children who are reluctant to come to our classes at the beginning of the summer because they have had difficulties at their regular school. Sometimes these children find that they love science and their attitude about learning in general is transformed. Many of our students and student volunteers go on to major in the sciences in college. They tell us that their interest in science began with the Youth Science Center. One of my own sons is a PHd candidate in bio-physics.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 3, 2010

YSC provides an opportunity for teachers and for students to experience science education as it should be with hands-on activities. Teaching has become so scripted in the past few years that there is little room for creativity. I see teachers who are discouraged in their home school come alive when they can create and then execute a unit in their chosen field of science. The children will never forget building an electric circuit, tending a snake, making a chemistry kit or building a model rocket.

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

seeing teachers wanting to return summer after summer to do the "fun stuff" they could never do in their classrooms. I have seen students select science related careers after experiencing our program as young children.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a suitable building to house this program. YSC has the use of a classroom in a portable building as its headquarters. It is very crowded with displays, merchandise and desks for the staff. There is no suitable place for staff and board meetings.

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

watching students who are less than enthusiastic about school find that they greatly enjoy some of the classes at YSC. One dad was amazed this year that his son told him every day what he had done and what he had learned that day.

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

teachers who were wonderful with their students, student volunteers who initially just wanted service hours but who enthusiastically assisted the teachers and parent volunteers who care deeply about the education of their children

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

offer science education to a greater number of students. YSC could build a suitable building near its current site and then expand its program to other communities in Southern California.

Ways to make it better...

there was adequate space to work. There should be more desks and more filing space for the staff. The displays are too crowded. The merchandise is not adequately displayed.

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

financial and future planning. YSC needs to have long term planning so that it can continue to meet the needs of the community after the current staff has retired. There is not sufficient money to secure more suitable quarters at this time.

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

I love working at YSC. The parents who enroll their children care deeply about the education of their children. YSC offers scholarships. It is a joy to see students who have had a scholarship to one or two classes come back and ask for more classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 6, 2012

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November 6, 2012

I joined the board of this organization 3 years ago because of its reputation of providing top quality STEM education programs to the youth of the San Gabriel Valley. I have seen with my own eyes that the reputation is accurate. It was founded in 1962 and in the ensuing 50 years has developed an outstanding staff of quality instructors with a passion for science education. The current YSC board has developed a strategic plan to grow the organization so as to increase the availability of a quality science education throughout the valley, especially in the lower income areas.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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 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 4, 2010

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August 4, 2010

The YSC is a magical place for children of all ages. If you spend a few hours observing classes you will find quality teachers who love their work, eager students who are being turned on to the world of science, and a small dedicated staff of professionals who keep the program running. I was so impressed by what I recently saw that I eagerly accepted an invitation to join the YSC board and become a part of this fine educational effort. I wish such an opportunity existed when I was growing up.

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

the faces and eager participation of its students

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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