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Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Inc
August 25, 2008

Child Advocates has a great training program. Every Advocate has a supervisor that supports concerns, questions, and so on. Not only am I helping an individual child but also the community by strengthening the qualities of a future adult. When I met "my child" 1.5 years ago she could not relate to peers, did not speak English, was not performing at grade level, and was over weight. Today "my child" speaks fluent English, has lots of friends her own age, is performing at grade level, loves to learn and can't wait for school to start this fall, she has lost weight and learned to swim. I think that I get more satisfaction from her achievements than she does. She has made these achievements because she was given a chance, tools, and a friend (me). I have taught her things such as table manners, don't litter, respect others, follow rules, etc.

The Great!

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

the successes "my child" has achieved in a very short period of time.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to recruit high school and college students to get involved if not by advocating by tutoring, teaching sports, etc.

More feedback

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

the caring and supportive nature of the employees.

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

supportive and inspiring.

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

help thousands of children.

Ways to make it better...

there was more funding.

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

the number of children in the system that need advocates.

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

being a child advocate has been just as rewarding for me as it has been for "my child".

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & advocate for a child in the court system because parents are unable to do so.