September 24, 2010
The SMART community has offered and brought me many opportunities for which I'm truly grateful for. In fifth grade, the SMART program presented me with a scholarship for a private middle school that my family couldn't afford and, knowing that this was a rare and incredible opportunity, my parents and I accepted the offer. After graduating middle school, SMART continued to help me by connecting me to another great program called A Better Chance which allowed me to continue my education in a private high school. It was thanks to the initial help of SMART that I was able to attend such fine and impressive schools and be the person I am today. Being with other students of different cultural backgrounds yet similar financial difficulties was not only comforting but also served to show me SMART's determination in providing young ambitious children with good education. Their mission is inspiring and encouraging, their work altruistic and generous. The staff is considerate, approachable, dedicated, and supportive. Being able to return to SMART and contribute my thoughts through the Alumni Advisory Board gives me a chance to show my appreciation for this program. In the future, I hope to continue to find more ways to give back to the SMART community for everything it has done (and continues to do) for not only myself but other students.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my everyday life. I know that I wouldn't be where I am and who I am today without the help I received from SMART.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & I was a former student, intern, and teacher assistant during a summer program. I also volunteered as a camp counselor and am now currently a member of the Alumni Advisory Board.