September 24, 2012
An outstanding organization that places value on people over profits. Goes above and beyond in helping homeless youngsters. The Skid Row Learning Center is a safe haven in the area of Skid Row in Los Angeles. This area is rampant with drug dealers, sex offenders, etc. I feel a sense of ownership in the Skid Row learning center. I don't know all of the answers but there is always someone to help me find the answers. The kids are wonderful and want you to return. It is a wonderful feeling to watch a youngster grow into someone who "couldn't" into someone who "can". I am ashamed to admit it but I have gotten more out of this organization than I have given it. I have learned patience, how to enjoy the simple things in life, and how not to let little things upset me. I have also learned that it is OK to make mistakes. The time that I spend at the Skid Row Learning Center is the highlight of my week. This organization truly puts youngsters on the road towards self sufficiency by teaching them that they can do anything they set their mind to. They learn that it is OK to make mistakes because many of the greatest discoveries in the world were the result of mistakes. I have been a volunteer for 6 years and have experienced everything from the joy of seeing a student graduate to the sadness of seeing a student leave and not knowing where they ended up. I am proud to be a volunteer at School on Wheels. I would encourage anyone to volunteer. Whether you have an hour, two, four, six or eight every little bit helps and you CAN make a difference in the life of a homeless youngster.
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