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Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Inc
August 27, 2008

I have been working with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley for 2 years. I've been assigned multiple cases working with teenagers in the foster care system. I am not formally trained in social work of any kind. Therefore, I use my resources at Child Advocates for help in all situations. My supervisors have been my best resource. I don't think I could be successful with them.

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

how they have trained and encouraged me.

Ways to make it better...

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

be scared out of my mind. The scope of the work that is done at this program is HUGE! But, seriously, I'd probably ask my supervisor, Ernie Tabasa, what we should do.

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

working with my assigned supervisor.

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

kind, caring, helpful and committed.

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

possibly save the world! I think they'd offer services to every child in the county including the neighboring counties.

Ways to make it better...

there was more Advocate training. Thirty hours of training just doesn't seem like enough when it comes to working with children, foster families and the social system.

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

a lack of Advocates for the children. They need more marketing money and probably a better strategy. Although, their marketing has improved since I've been there.

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

when deciding on where to volunteer your time, make sure you do something you can go home with a good feeling about.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I work with teenagers in the foster care system, giving them time and attention and a voice.