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Review for Oakland Kids First, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a host teacher for the PASS-2 program, which trains 11th and 12 grade students twice each week throughout the school year to develop leadership, presentation and life skills. Once trained, these new leaders provide workshops to educate their freshmen peers on transcript literacy, barriers to successful completion of high school and A-G requirements. As a 10 year veteran teacher, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the Oakland Kids First staff, and the dynamic,engaging curriculum that transformed my students into leaders with a purpose.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Center For Youth Development Through Law, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with the Center for Youth Development Through Law was in 2001 when I taught Race and the Constitution during the 9-week summer program. I was extremely impressed with the Director, Nancy Schiff and her commitment to the students that had been selected as program participants. Beginning with a rigorous academic program, students were prepared to enter an internship in the legal field. This preparation included team-building exercises, workplace etiquette, and perhaps most importantly, workshops that supported student's personal and emotional growth. The graduation ceremony that took place at the program's conclusion evidenced the mutual trust, respect and caring that had developed among students, teachers and employers over the course of the program. I continue to remain involved with the center as a board member and assist the program each summer by visiting work-sites and evaluating student performance on the job. Employers rave about their intern's professionalism and job readiness. I highly recommend this program to under-represented bay area youth. Whether or not students intend to pursue a career in the law, the skills that participants receive will be invaluable in college and beyond.

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

my role as both a teacher with the program and board member. Although this is not the primary goal, eight former participants are either in law school or have completed their legal education.

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

figure out how to bring in more dollars.

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

The tremendous support for students that but for the program, would be less likely to have direct exposure to the legal profession.

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

Fabulous, committed and highly skilled.

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

duplicate the program all over the world!

Ways to make it better...

More students could participate!

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

Gathering enough financial support to do their work.

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

This is a very special program and I hope that more people find it in their hearts to support the good work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I worked with the program as an instructor in 2001 and became a board member approximately 4 years ago.