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August 1, 2011

Lighthouse staff and volunteers come together to creatively address both the apparent and not-so apparent needs of our transforming neighborhood through its use of youth-led programming, volunteer partnerships, and resident collaboration. This organization is a necessary example of excellence as staff, volunteers, and community members come together to serve a catalyst for change. I am strongly impacted as I witness the organization's excellent delivery of a summer food program for youth, a well organized tutoring program for high school students, and a basketball program that enriches youth both socially and academically.

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that some of the young people in my neighborhood are challenged to not just to survive to but thrive as co- leaders in the organization's long-term investment in the Central community. Despite the economic challenges, Lighthouse staff and volunteers reamin steadfast in their deep sense of compassion, authenticity, and recognition and utilization of the community's assets.

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I would invest additional funding in the organization to build the administrative capacity of its K- 8th grade tutoring program and expand the career and college exposure field trips for young men who participate in their basketball programs.

Professional with expertise in this field & I witnessed the meaningful contributions of Lighthouse, Inc. to the Central neighborhood on a weekly basis. .