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Review for What Now America, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In just a few short months What Now America has shed new light on the lives of West Oakland youth. The rich academic and social programs are augmented by nutritional meals and one-on-one mentoring many of the program participants rarely encounter. As an all-volunteer run organization I know my participation makes a difference not only for What Now America but for the youth who need it most.

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

the repeat attendance by several elementary and middle school aged children. These kids choose to spend most of their Saturday at WNA because they have fun, they learn and their parents know they are safe.

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

Well - I'm helping to run this organization and we have a lot of plans in the works to move WNA forward. We're enhancing our academic and social programs, recruiting more volunteers, engaging one on one with participants and beginning an aggressive marketing plan to grow the organization into what we know it can be.

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

The volunteers are great. Everyone on our board works so hard to make sure we are providing these kids what they really want and need. We all have other jobs, go to school and have lives - yet take the time to dedicate to WNA because we believe in our work.

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

Awesome!

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

Open up a full service center with a full time staff, kitchen and dining facilities, sports equipment, computer lab, separate facilities per age group. Oh yeah - and actually be able to pay all the hard working volunteers!

Ways to make it better...

I were able to attend every Saturday.

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

Lack of funding.

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

Volunteer with or donate to What Now America today!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Board Member & I help WNA with Marketing and help with Saturday programs whenever possible.