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Mr. Mooney

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I recruit students from my classes for the program, and have volunteered on occasion. I work with students before and after their experience, and I am always amazed at their growth. The program routinely brings out positive qualities in my students that I never knew they had. They return to the next schoolyear with more confidence, more maturity, and a better understanding of what they want out of high school. They rave about their experiences, thank me profusely for recommending them, and assist me eagerly in recruiting other students for the next year. The follow-up after the summer is also impressive: mentors, reunions, yearbooks, etc. I know how difficult it is to make a program like this successful, and I have seen few that accomplish as much.

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

The growth of my students when they return from the summer. They are much more directed after this experience.

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

Grow it. Or, if this is the optimal size for the program, replicate it.

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

The personability and professionalism of the director and the teaching staff.

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

Top notch, dedicated folks who really care about the whole person of the students they work with.

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

1. Replicate itself and serve more youth 2. Add a second and/or third year to the program: add to the students' growth, and perhaps guide them into effective post-secondary plans

Ways to make it better...

I could have figured out how to do what they do myself.

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

Survival in recession. The program relies on grants, gifts and volunteerism that tend to recede when times get hard.

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

Thank you, Nancy!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & The volunteering I did was to help students with their placement and payroll.