The Mary and Frances Youth Center opened in 2007 on Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU)
Monroe Park campus in Richmond. Its facilities include two private tennis courts and a number of
classrooms designed for youth-centered programming and training. The youth center’s flagship
program since opening has been Lobs & Lessons, a nationally recognized tennis and learning
program, but it also hosts and leads Discovery summer program, which provides middle-school
students with in-depth experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and health sciences.
Headquartered in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the nonprofit parent company of an integrated
network of hospital and healthcare services, including the only Level I Trauma Center as well as Level
III perinatal services in east central Illinois. Collectively known as Carle, Carle Foundation Hospital and
Carle Physician Group operate on a very simple-yet-expansive mission: “We serve people.”
Despite the universal nature of Girl Scout troops, Girl Scouts of Maine faced a range of challenges when recruiting the 4,000 volunteers they depend on to lead troops and provide support. Most working parents simply don’t believe they have the time to volunteer. A volunteer screening and onboarding process that was painfully slow often served to discourage potential volunteers.
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry. ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities in the aforementioned fields, it also seeks to connect students with long-term mentors, university and college programs, and scholarship opportunities. ACE now reaches more than 8,000 students annually and has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.