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Goodwill Industries of Denver
January 30, 2010

My experience with Goodwill has been extremely rewarding. The Youth Services Program impacts the lives of 30,000 disadvantaged youth throughout the Metro Denver school systems, and I have personally interacted with a number of them. They indicate that, without Goodwill, they wouldn't even be in school, let alone hoping to go to college and pursue a career. Goodwill is irreplaceable in their lives.

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

interviews and conversations with students in the school to work programs, and I have seen how critical it is to build and maintain their self-esteem and initiative in school and work.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the Youth Services programs to even more schools, targeting the student population at greatest risk of dropping out of high school.

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

the gratification of knowing that we are positively impacting the lives of so many youth in the Denver metro area.

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

devoted, hard working, intelligent, uplifting and motivational

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

touch and intensively work with every at- risk youth in the Front Range and give each of them a better chance to succeed in school and life. This is critical to help us create the workforce of the future.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to devote more time to mentoring students.

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

how to create a self-sustaining model that will enable it to expand its programs into more schools and job programs. We can support this with retail operations, but we need to develop alternate funding sources as well.

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

Goodwill also provides job opportunities to people with barriers to employment. They find meaningful work and community at Goodwill. Without Goodwill, they would have very little hope. This is a great organiztion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Board meetings, field trip to other GW, student interviews, development activities and meetings.