My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Groupworks for Education Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Every inner city middle school and high school has a percentage of "troubled kids" in their student body. But these kids are NOT stupid. Their problems are driven by their inability to cooperate with school rules and adapt to classroom norms, and an incapacity to develop the necessary self-determination to succeed in school. These kids are a major factor, maybe the largest factor, in the disappointing pace at which American students are falling behind their counterparts around the world.
GroupWORKS is starting to chip away at this mountainous problem. And, to be clear, we are ALL stakeholders in this problem that is filling our unemployment offices, detention facilities and ultimately our prison system with people that COULD become fantastically productive members of society.
GroupWORKS focuses on group treatment because financial and human resources are vastly insufficient to address this problem on a student-by-student basis. More importantly, GroupWORKS focuses on training staff that is already within the schools. They teach counselor and teachers how to deal effectively in a group setting with troubled kids, and then they leave. That is part of the beauty of GroupWORKS’ business model…it is designed for obsolescence. The organization’s goal is to become unnecessary.
Empowering schools to effectively bring more students’ skills to productive ends is what GroupWORKs does. It is all they do and they’re very good at it. And the payback is immediate….in school budgets, and in the wellbeing of students and staff. And ultimately, for all us as taxpayers and citizens.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The accolades that GroupWORKS receives from the schools that it serves, and most importantly from the students for whom it has been a life changing experience, provide a continuous stream of feedback that what we're doing is making a huge, positive difference in a vast number of lives.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Grow it much larger. This is an enormously talented and dedicated group of professionals that have served as a critical lifeline for so many students and school staff. With current budget cutbacks, these kids and these schools are being deprived of the unique skills that this team brings.