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Training

Critique of Training

On the whole, I think the training was a positive experience. I'd like to separate this post on the basis of "pros", "cons", and "suggestions". Pros: -Round Robins allowed us to simulate cases - hands on work -Learning how to write white papers was definitely helpful -The order of topics (poverty, data collection, counseling, financial planning, & lastly, foreclosure) was well planned - I think it imitates our logical/emotional ...more »

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Recommendations for Improvements

Hey all, I've been thinking about our first week and feel mostly positive about the experience. But I suppose our job here on ideascale is to critique, so, that said: Recommendations for improvements: ---The round robin's were very effective but needed to be supplemented by some hard, real financial analysis --- essentially we did not receive enough practice with manipulating/analyzing real-life financial situations. ...more »

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NHS Week 3 -- Unsung Heroes

I tribute this to… Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Tadello Johnson. I have to say, I was impressed to the point of sheer admiration after meeting with Foreclosure Prevention Counselor, Tadello J. His work space is cramped and spartan, there might be only six inches from where the clients sits to the front of his desk and the back of the office wall. Tadello used to commute by train to Norwood, BK, ...more »

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Training

Training was really a great experience. I feel that I know the group well and we're developing great chemistry. Dinner together at Ollie's was a lot of fun! While the week of readings and white papers was a lot of work, it was indeed rewarding and a necessary feat. Writing the white papers (and having them to refer back to) was a valuable overview of the big issues that will affect our work. The set of poverty readings ...more »

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Training Idea

The training program was well designed especially given that it was a pilot training program. I felt that the case studies were very helpful in allowing us to practice what we learned. However, I didn't really like doing 2 sets of round robins; instead, I felt that we should have done 1 round robin and then move on to a second, where the focus is on seeing more "cases" than to perfect cases we already know. For me, when ...more »

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Best Practices

Manners matter

Today Camille and I made our first phone call to a lender. After hanging up and trying back several times, fighting our way through endless phone menus, being transfered countless times, we finally got to the person we wanted. Frustrated as we were, we kept level heads when they answered. Instead of jumping right into our questions, we started with a simple "how are you." The lender lit up (or so it sounded). It completely ...more »

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First Week at NHS

NHS Week one: Forbes and I are both surprised by the NHS citywide office on the first day, mostly because of its size and location. Situated on 36th and 8th, in the heart of the city, NHS has one of the most extensive headquarters for an NPO in the country. The first day is a bit chaotic because NHS does not seem ready for us, the interns from the FC, and we sit around for a bit until we meet several different ...more »

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NHS Week Two

NHS Week Two: This week begins outside of citywide NHS, and in Queens, Jackson Heights. We are going to visit CHHAYA, a small NPO dedicated to housing and community development of South Asian Americans. Theresa is going there to consult the CHHAYA councilors on self-employed clients, or rather, how to read and analyze self-employed taxes. I am surprised at how tiny the CHHAYA office is -- it's three rooms all connected ...more »

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Innovation

thinking about business plans...

So for a while now, I've been thinking about my own business plan to present at the end of August. I have always wanted to start my own non-profit. After talking with Kirstin on Thursday, I am thinking about a for-profit microfinance. I have already thought about doing this in real life and I do have a friend who is interested as well. I'd like to manage a different kind of microfinance - one that gives loans not only ...more »

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Guest Speakers

Here's a quick training idea for future FC Corps members. We could invite "guest speakers" to come in and teach some of the material that they specialize in. We could even bring in personnel from our partner organizations and perhaps, when the FC really takes off, we could bring in celebrity guest speakers(this would be later into the future). I know that in Kentaro's and my own experience, Theresa is a very knowledgable ...more »

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Hands-On Work

This past week has revealed to me that my internship is a unique experience. Unlike other internships that entail "coffee runs" or "office paperwork organizing," today I enteracted with a client, and was given the responsibility of showing him the best possible route so that he, his wife, and two children can stay in their home. Dealing with foreclosure cases is not easy. There is a lot of information to grasp and ...more »

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Gripes

Concerned about client..

I'm not sure if is actually a gripe. It fits into this category the best. I have a client coming in @ 9:30am tomorrow and I am worried that she is not giving us the best picture of her expenses out of sheer stress (too much stress to deal with this at the moment/see the importance of a budget at the moment). I am also concerned because during the first meeting Joe and I met with her (we were asking about the budget and ...more »

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