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French Camp Academy
February 25, 2009

I was a student at French Camp Academy from 1972-1977, starting at age 12. Coming from a home environment where there was too little supervision and very little discipline, FCA provided a safe, nurturing environment, with much needed structure. Among the many problems my family faced, two of my older brothers had already quit school before my move to FCA, and I had plans to quit after the seventh grade. By God's grace, I was offered the opportunity to go to this wonderful school. I made it to graduation, and even though I did not have the opportunity to complete a college education immediately following my high school years, I did eventually get a BA. French Camp Academy has had a life-long impact on every area of my life. I still feel a strong attachment to the school and the surrounding community, and visit as often as possible. Since many FCA students come from backgrounds where the biological family is not a good source for Godly mentorship or financial support following graduation, this is an area where help is needed. Many young people need help with making the right decisions about higher education and other life issues, as well as financial support during this first phase of being on their own. This kind of intervention could broaden the options students have and deter some potentially life-lasting effects from wrong choices made when options are few. My deepest personal gratitude to any of you reading this who have been supporters of French Camp Academy during my time as a student there…And my wholehearted encouragement to anyone considering support in the future.

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

my own life as well as many other former students. I stay in close touch, and continue to see how children are helped today.

Ways to make it better...

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

1) Always have one or more former students on the Board, to provide insight that only someone who has had that experience can. 2) Require students to complete courses in personal finance and life skills with practical application exercises. 3) Seek out expert advice on setting up a program to help students develop good study skills, and implement it.

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

Not only did it provide a home for me while I was a student, even now, it feels like my "home" when I visit.

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

A mixture of personalities...It wasn't a "perfect" place because people are not perfect...One or two staff members were known among the students for being grouchy, but for the most part, I knew I was loved and even the grouchy ones cared about me.

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

Establish a program to help students transition successfully from high school to the "real World".

Ways to make it better...

Actually, I recognized soon after I arrived at FCA, that it would be whatever I made it. Some students choose to be rebellious, which has natural consequences, but I wanted to be there, and it was so much better than what I came from. It would have been beneficial if a teacher, staff, or volunteer could have helped me better understand how to manage my time, energy and finances.

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

Meeting the many needs of the students, and providing qualified faculty/staff for such a small salary. I am deeply grateful for those who have served under such sacrifice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was a student at French Camp Academy.