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YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER
August 20, 2013

I love working for the Youth Science Center. It is so awesome to see little children experience science by doing their projects. It is great to see the children grow and change over the years as they come back year after year for more classes and sometimes when they are too old to take classes they come back to volunteer for us.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find ways to expand this program to include more students.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER
November 6, 2012

The Youth Science Center gives children an opportunity to learn about science while having fun. Hands-on activities allow children to explore scientific principles at a level and pace that is meaningful for them. I have seen children who are reluctant to come to our classes at the beginning of the summer because they have had difficulties at their regular school. Sometimes these children find that they love science and their attitude about learning in general is transformed. Many of our students and student volunteers go on to major in the sciences in college. They tell us that their interest in science began with the Youth Science Center. One of my own sons is a PHd candidate in bio-physics.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER
August 3, 2010

YSC provides an opportunity for teachers and for students to experience science education as it should be with hands-on activities. Teaching has become so scripted in the past few years that there is little room for creativity. I see teachers who are discouraged in their home school come alive when they can create and then execute a unit in their chosen field of science. The children will never forget building an electric circuit, tending a snake, making a chemistry kit or building a model rocket.

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

seeing teachers wanting to return summer after summer to do the "fun stuff" they could never do in their classrooms. I have seen students select science related careers after experiencing our program as young children.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a suitable building to house this program. YSC has the use of a classroom in a portable building as its headquarters. It is very crowded with displays, merchandise and desks for the staff. There is no suitable place for staff and board meetings.

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

watching students who are less than enthusiastic about school find that they greatly enjoy some of the classes at YSC. One dad was amazed this year that his son told him every day what he had done and what he had learned that day.

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

teachers who were wonderful with their students, student volunteers who initially just wanted service hours but who enthusiastically assisted the teachers and parent volunteers who care deeply about the education of their children

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

offer science education to a greater number of students. YSC could build a suitable building near its current site and then expand its program to other communities in Southern California.

Ways to make it better...

there was adequate space to work. There should be more desks and more filing space for the staff. The displays are too crowded. The merchandise is not adequately displayed.

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

financial and future planning. YSC needs to have long term planning so that it can continue to meet the needs of the community after the current staff has retired. There is not sufficient money to secure more suitable quarters at this time.

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

I love working at YSC. The parents who enroll their children care deeply about the education of their children. YSC offers scholarships. It is a joy to see students who have had a scholarship to one or two classes come back and ask for more classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I direct the summer program for students grades k - 8.