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StandUp For Kids
September 23, 2009

I've been involved in getting the New York City chapter up and running again. While the work has been tough and some of the work difficult, knowing that the mission of Stand Up For Kids is to help fight youth homelessness makes it very rewarding. Having such a large city to work in has made the challenge of getting the program up and running challenging and frustrating at times. But I am sure that no matter what the size of the city the issues of recruiting and maintaining volunteers, gaining resources, and helping kids is never easy. SUFK does a great job of providing training for the leadership team and volunteers. One of the great things about working with SUFK is that as a leader, I have the ability to develop the program in ways that are specific to NYC and that don't try to force a standard template on us. I would like to see the forum improved so that there is an easier way for leaders all across the country share their ideas that work and don't work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Develop a better overall fundraising program. I think we don't do nearly enough to get money that can be used to fund scholarships, outreach centers and other programs.

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

I have enjoyed the chance to rebuild a program that can definitely help homeless kids in NYC.

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

I have met a diverse group of volunteers and staff. The great thing is that you do have an opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds.

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

help a lot more kids. I especially think that this money would help the organization operate outreach centers in more cities. This money could also be used to help fund programs that will help the kids get training or education to help build a future.

Ways to make it better...

I had shown a stronger influence early on and been more forceful in beginning outreach at an earlier date.

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

that youth homelessness is becoming a bigger problem because of the economy. In some cities there is also the potential for backlash against homeless youth because people may not understand the real issues at the heart of the issue.

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

It is truly amazing to work with a group of volunteers that are dedicated and freely give their time and energy to such a worthy cause. I think we live in a society that sometimes makes it too easy to be cynical and to lose touch w/our humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Co-Executive Director.