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Review for Collegetracks, Bethesda, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A lean, extraordinarily effective organization. Just ask the hundreds of students whose lives they have changed at B-CC and Wheaton High Schools.

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

I have observed lots of non-profits try to assist people in need. I ran an NGO myself and used to do substantial legal pro bono work. In few of those activities, however, have I felt that the organizations leading such efforts, made as much of a permanent difference in as many peoples' lives as College Tracks does in their daily work. With the guidance from College Track's lean and extraordinary staff, volunteers really can help College Tracks in their singular work opening up opportunities for students who would miss them entirely. The warm, encouraging, disciplined atmosphere keeps the kids and volunteers coming back.

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

Clone Liz McLeod (B-CC) and Karen Tcheyan (Wheaton) and their tiny staffs. Their warm personalities, drive and knowledge is why the students want to come in and do the hard and sometimes tedious work that needs to be done to open doors.

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

The warmth and humor. Students respond to that encouragement and meet deadlines and make hard choices when they're in that kind of warm, but disciplined environment.

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

the best

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

change even more lives; identify students earlier and keep in touch when they're in college or post-high school employment.

Ways to make it better...

my early trainings had been more hands-on.

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

money; trying to meet the demand; staying small enough to remain personal, but meeting a huge demand;

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & This is my fifth year of volunteering with College Tracks at B-CC. I help students begin the college and career process by helping them figure out their interests and goals, keeping them on target re. deadlines for applications, testing, etc. figuring out.