A group of Clayton State University MBA students partnered with Fayette Youth Protection Homes (FYPH), a non-profit organization, in the spring 2011 for a volunteer project for their BUSA 6100 class – Decision Making Under Uncertainty / Business Research for Decision Making.
The group of students helped with Gracie’s Closet, a clothing store available to foster parents that is owned and operated by FYPH. Jade Lee (Atlanta), Keshra Blackman (Atlanta), and Payal Patel (Peachtree City), were each enthusiastic about their experiences.
“My experience with non-profit and Fayette County was new, but provided a great deal of insight into how non-profits are founded and operated,” Lee says. “In helping with the Fayette non-profit, it gave me a sense of pride, knowing that I was supporting an organization that provided for a group of people that had basic and real needs. As a child, I had friends who were foster children and I was aware of their struggles; helping with the Fayette non-profit turned this awareness of mine into a heartfelt action.”
Blackman’s experience was extremely important to her.
“ It means a great deal that I was able to assist in providing feedback to Fayette Youth Protection non-profit, so that they may be able to continue to provide current services and improve the ones that they currently offer to Fayette County Residents,” she says.
Patel also had a positive and heart-touching experience.
“It was the first time I have worked with any non-profits in Fayette County,” Patel says. “Working with non-profits like Gracie’s Closet was a heart-touching and a wonderful experience. I came to know about how non-profits organizations like Gracie’s Closet are being operated and provide their services to the society.
“Conducting surveys of foster parents and outcomes of the surveys was the most breathtaking experience of my life. I am proud to know that foster parents are taking care of their foster children, apart from cultural diversity. I am happy to know that Gracie’s Closet and Fayette County are providing meaningful support to foster parents in their role as foster parents. I am thankful that at least, I got this opportunity to work for Gracie’s Closet and Fayette County”
The projects findings are as follows:
• Determined current perceptions of inventory, services, environment, and shopping experience at Gracie’s Closet
• Helped Gracie’s Closet develop a richer understanding of how to better support the foster parenting function
• Gathered ideas and suggestions for new items and services Gracie’s Closet could offer foster parents