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Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
October 18, 2013

For 13 years SASEF has been working to provide education and educational resources for children and youth and YES we have been extremely successful. Last year we built two children's digital libraries which provided a safe space for hundreds of children to sit down and read a book, do homework, get help with computers, have someone to talk to and share information on what's going on in the neighborhood. Plus we provided scholarships to send six young people to college! This year we introduced The V Sign (www.thevsign.org) a self help sign for a child who has been kidnapped or stolen. Yes its new and we know it will take time but The V Sign will become the universal hand signal for anyone who is in trouble.

To date we have never paid a salary and continue to work via volunteers - this means every cent or every donation goes to helping children.

Ways to make it better...

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

get a PR agency to help SASEF with their human rights initiative for children - The V Sign.

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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

Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
September 18, 2010

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization, SASEF works very hard to raise money to facilitate our youth serving projects on four continents. SASEF education for employment conference and workshops has literally made the way for hundreds of young people to learn what is necessary to get and keep a real job. The project requires youth to belong to a youth led or youth serving organization or to join a youth led or youth serving organization and implement a community service project using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date many of our hard working young people have been hired at hotels, nonprofit institutions and in the private sector. In partnership with the YMCA in Brazil our International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World has provided a FREE children's and youth library. The library is open 6 days a week; there are volunteer tutors on site to help children with their homework. The space also provides second language lessons and many of the students have been identified by the City of Porto Alegre as translation Ambassadors for the 2014 games. SASEF’s Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund (TMMAF) has made it possible for students to receive scholarships to study art, purchased a piano thus creating a music program in a public school. This year TMMAF in support of the United Nations International Year of Youth is the sole supporter of our Making a Difference Photography Contest where young people are asked to photograph what total social inclusion looks like to them. The contest will end August 2011 with a photography exhibition highlighting our contestants work in Brazil, Hungary, Germany, and Liberia. SASEF’s Alvalon Scholarship has built schools and paid tuition for children and youth to attend primary, secondary and vocational school. All scholarship youth who attend secondary and vocational school have a mentor working with them throughout the entire scholarship period. SASEF is a wonderful organization building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

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

our building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

Ways to make it better...

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

help SASEF find a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas. An organization willing to help facilitate the implementation of our education for employment project.

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

first hand experiencing the joy and excitment of a young person we are helping go to school, get a job or create a community service project. Watching a scholar become a new person because SASEF made the financial and mentoring commitment in their life.

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

genuine, respectful, cheerful, kind, loving, patient, caring, considerate, knowledgeable and resourceful.

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

Open more International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World in public schools located in poor neighborhoods.Scholarship more children to school- emphasis on girls. Do more work in the arts for poor kids.

Ways to make it better...

my experience with SASEF couldn't be better.

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

like most organizations; obtaining more funding to implement our programs and identifying a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas.

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

this educational foundation implements innovative programs that inspire and motivate young people to perform community service, get an education and transform their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Run the day to day operations of SASEF while supporting our directors and volunteers during project implementation.