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Gunwoong's first post

Hi everyone,My name is Gunwoong Go and just call me 'Kg'. I'm from South Korea and exchange student in Illinois Institute of Technology. My majors are media and mathematics, and specific skills are game development and team management. I can use programming languages, C, C++, Direct X, but those are not my talent. I can use some software, Illustrator, powerpointer, and etc. I was working in a game company named 'NCsoft' where is the most big and famous game company in Korea during one year for the game planner. My part was analyzing and planning games. In last year, I was a leader of game development circle, I taught about how to brainstorming and development games, and management 5 teams for exhibition and conference. It was great experience to me and it helps me decision to my future job be a project manager or management of individual business because I like to meet and conversation with people, and controlling teams to go on their plan.I arrived here just 4 months and this is my first time to work in America, so I'm very nervous because I'm not good at English and I don't know what should I do for this company. However, when I arrived here, then I became to feel comfortable and relaxed, because every people who met me are very kind to me. I'll attempt to help this company and I hope to make many experience and meet many people.Thank youKg
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My first day at Cabrini Connections

My first day started a little nervous in the morning. Because it is my first time to work for the America company in U.S.In fact, I already had two-years working experience in Shanghai, which specialized in media industry. But I am still looking for working for different sectors and full fill my life.Dan,who is the president of Cabrini Connections ask me to introduce myself. I just want to let other staff know their new members. My name is Liye Lin, who was born in the east of China-a very beautiful city called Shanghai.In the future, I'll post my hometown pictures and make your guys know more about my country and culture,especially for the people. I completed my undergraduate degree in Business English at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After then, I worked for western company, which published English Finance Magazine called Shanghai Business Review. I was doing the accounting,circulation and company marketing strategy. One day, I was thinking about my life and wanted to start my new career.Now I was there almost nine months. I'm glad to make a right decision and study at IIT, Chicago. Both of them are more interesting in my life. And also I meet a lot of friends from different countries there. We exchange the culture and mind. language is not a barrier between us, which become an universal.I really want to learn and do some stuffs for my internship. Tomorrow I'll go to the conference organized by my internship organization at the law school of Northwestern University. It is so exciting to meet new people and talk to them.Hope everyone knows me and I'll try to update my blog very often. If anyone is interested in my country and culture,feel free to ask me.
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SungJoong's first working day

Hi everyoneMy name is SungJoong Kim. You can call me Karse. I'm from south korea. I'm here for exchange student in IIT. My major is computer science. I'm Junior in University. I am accustomed to handle computer, that means I can learn anythings faster than other people. Also, I like computer programming which can handle Java,C language. I've been stayed here for 4month. I'm going to work with cabrini connection for 6 weeks. I'm really interested in working with cabrini connection. Every staffs are very kind and they made me feel comfortable. I was work as a vice-president in People to People, which is volunteer club in my University.Also, I was working in office of international team. I helped international student to adopt Korea. I hope I will be helpful person for cabrini connection.Thanks.
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I encourage you all to download and read this study from Public/Private Venture's. It's a report from a three-year study of the role Boys & Girls Clubs play in the lives of the youth they serve. Making Every Day Count examines how Club participation is related to youth's positive and healthy development in three outcome areas identified by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as central to its mission: good character and citizenship, academic success and healthy lifestyles. The report draws on several sources of data—surveys of a low-income, ethnically diverse sample of approximately 320 youth (starting when they were seventh and eighth graders and following them into the ninth and tenth grades), Club attendance records over a 30-month period, and in-depth interviews with a sample of ninth graders—to investigate the relationship between participation and outcomes. The findings show that teens who had higher levels of participation in the Clubs experienced greater positive change on 15 of 31 outcomes examined, including increases in integrity (knowing right from wrong) and academic confidence, decreases in incidents of skipping school, and a lower likelihood of starting to carry a weapon or use marijuana or alcohol. The key findings of this study apply to site based tutor/mentor programs such as Cabrini Connections, which offer a range of ways for kids to participate, provide a safe place in non school hours, and have staff who provide the same type of adult support that staff at the Boys and Girls Clubs offer. However, tutor/mentor programs go far beyond this because of the way the add extra adults who are not parents and family members, or paid staff, to the mix of adults who make a long-term connection and investment in the lives of kids. How does this information relate to your own organization? As you look at the outcomes, ask yourself "who will fund programs because they look like this?" . If we can build a list of donors, or grow new donors, we all have a better chance to provide this level of service to teens, and more.
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Role of Network in Expanding Capacity

This graphic illustrates how non profits are all competing with each other for a limited pool of resources. Most are not as successful at getting resources as they need to be, or at keeping these for many years needed to have a social impact, such as helping a first grader move through high school graduation and into a job. The graphic illustrates the role Tutor/Mentor Connection is taking, to try to draw donors and volunteers directly to different tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, using our Program Locator maps as a tool. Finally, the graphic illustrates our aim to recruit volunteers and leaders within faith groups, colleges, hospitals and businesses, in Chicago, and in other cities, who take on the role of the T/MC, educating a growing number of people and pointing them as volunteers and donors, to the map, and to the different programs in Chicago and other cities. Why is this important? T/MC is a non profit. We don't have relationships with the people we're trying to influence, thus, we're trying to get attention for our intermediary message, just the same as each individual program. Because we talk for all programs, we can have some success, such as the growing pool of money raised by Lawyers Lend A Hand, but our impact is limited by our own lack of resources. Each person who duplicates the T/MC role, geometrically increases the impact of our effort. If we can recruit leaders in every industry, in every faith group, in many different cities, the combined power of this group will have much greater impact on increasing the number of dollars and volunteers supporting tutor/mentor programs, and in changing the way programs are supported with innovative, flexible operating dollars, rather than competitive, narrowly defined grant programs. Furthermore, if these people area already part of a business, faith group, university, they build upon existing networks and relationships. They already have a communications network that they can use to share T/MC ideas. When we're on the outside, we're blocked by the firewall and procedures of different organizations. We can't get our message through. If the messenger is already inside, we don't have that problem. We just need to help these people take the lead. Everyone who is part of this ning group is able to take this role, and able to recruit others who carry this message into their own communities. Go out and multiply and we can increase the food available to support tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities.
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