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A Place Called Home
November 5, 2012

I have been a member of A Place Called Home (APCH) since 2001. I am now part of the The Shaheen Scholarship Program that APCH offers to youth in South Central Los Angeles. APCH and the Shaheen scholarship is important because it has benefited me in many ways.
The Shaheen Scholarship has given me the chance to concentrate more on my education, it has motivated me to study and work harder. The mentors and tutors of the Shaheen Scholarship Program have been assisting me through out my college experience. They have offered me tutors and study sessions with them so I can be able to ask questions and make sure I’m doing my work correctly and understand it as well. Not only do they make sure I do my work correctly but they assist me to learn the material of the subject. With the knowledge I am gaining from the Shaheen Scholarship Program, I am able to help out my fellow classmates as well and teach them a bit of what they've taught me.
The Shaheen Scholarship Program has offered me many workshops to provide me with the understanding of the basic general education of college. They provided me with the Summer Intensive Program, which really helps me understand the education of college level. Two of the classes that really helped me were the College Survival Skills and the Personal Finance class. The College Survival Skills class taught me how to prepare for the challenges I would encounter in college. The main focus of this class are goal setting, picking a major and classes, time management, motivation and stress, and balancing social life and academics. The Personal Finance class informed me how to balance a checkbook, how to create a budget, and other topics to prepare me to learn good financial management.
Overall, the Shaheen Scholarship Program has helped me a lot, just knowing that I have someone to turn to when I have a question or concerned. The mentors and tutors that this program offers have been great with assistance, always helping me around with homework and questions, it feels great knowing that I’m not alone. I have gotten many tips and advices that I will cherish forever and help me to achieve what I want in life, for example, "WIN; W is for Work Smart, not just hard; I is for Initiative, Take It!; and N is for Networking, what you know vs. who you know."
Thanks to the Shaheen Scholarship, I am currently enrolled in California State University, Los Angeles, I’m a junior and my current major is Kinesiology. I expect to graduate within two years with a Bachelors degree and this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the mentors and tutors of the Shaheen Scholarship Program and A Place Called Home, always by my side guiding me and helping through the way of college.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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