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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, Health Care, Job Training

Mission: CEG''s focus is on developing programs and plans which can be replicated elsewhere. CEG has developed innovative educational programs to serve communities hardest hit by HIV/AID. CEG assists communities of color in overcoming cultural and systemic barriers to accessing critical HIV/AIDS information, and have facilitated community-directed processes aimed at building bridges to health, planning/policy, and funding processes.

Results: Each year our outreach team tests 5,000 individuals; our CHAMPS program graduates 40 new community health workers; 50 high risk women successfully complete our SISTA program; 264 men and women participate in our on site AA/NA meetings; and our capacity building efforts reach 26 local organizations.

Target demographics: Our target population resides or congregates in our community, DC’s Wards 7 and 8, and consists of heterosexual Black men and women ages 18-64.  These two Wards form a community which is over 90% Black , has the highest unemployment rates and the highest percentage of families living in poverty in the District . These wards also have the highest rates of new HIV infection.

Programs: CEG currently offers a variety of services including:1) Training & Technical Assistance includes capacity building, program development, needs assessment, organizational development, diversity training, organizational mentorship, leadership development, and resource development.2) Social Marketing & Media Outreach includes conducting focus groups, materials and message testing, development of marketing materials, reaching niche markets, developing marketing materials and health promotion.3) Community-Based Research and Evaluation includes empirical research, program evaluation, needs assessments, developing evaluation plans, survey design, development of evaluation instruments, conducting rigorous data analysis for quality assurance and monitoring.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had open discussions, the groups were outstanding, everything was broke down and explained clearly. I would like to join another group in the near future. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I better inform about HIV and how you get it (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

They gave me a HIV test which I like that I like the gift cards. I learn how to stop being so aggressive. They were nice doing the review. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The very first time I came to the organization I didn't know what to expect. I gotten a lot of good information about coping with being aggressive also I've learned more about HIV/AIDS I really enjoyed my session and the instructor Mrs. Diane. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My personal story was I was led to this program by a great griend who was in the same place as I was but she decided to change her life to help everyone else who wanted to change there life (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly it was a blessed session Ms. Diane Jones on the ball she really knew her knowledge I appreciate Ms. Diane goes teaching me what I did not know It is very very helpful I learned a lot to oh yes a lot was taught to me I did focus on the program and am encourage and need to learn more. I am interested in some more focus groups too I am ready to learn and do more too Peace. Peace. Yes God Bless (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Toni Young and her team run a very tight ship and are very dedicated to contribute to women's weallness and empowering the black community. They have engaged in many public health programs targeting underserved and marginalized populations and are on the forefront of culturally grounded approaches for addressing the needs of these communities. CEG certainly has my vote and I hope to work with them in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

CEG targets an often under-served community, African Americans who may or may not be HIV positive, who may or may not be substance users and who more often than not fall in a lower socio-economic strata. What's admirable about CEG's work is their never ending effort to empower their clients to take control of their own lives. Many of these clients eventually do turn their lives around and become leaders within their networks or become staff members in CEG or other community based organizations. Another admirable quality of CEG's work is their focus on bridging the divide between communities of color and mainstream research institutions. Under the guidance of the executive director, Ms. Young, CEG has established fairly equitable relationships with several institutions not necessarily accustomed to partnering with community based organizations. The director understands the research landscape thoroughly and knows that if research cohorts do not adequately represent the racial and ethnic make up of our society, the research results may be skewed. Those skewed results may adversely impact communities of color. CEG's challenges have less to do with the organizational structure and more to do with some cultural and financial constraints. CEG has had to expand its scope of service to remain viable in the face of shrinking grant and donor money as well as political and social challenges. So far, the expansion has not hindered CEG's service delivery. My concern is that in time, women's services will may be too diluted to address women's particular needs. Overall, Washington, DC is fortunate to have CEG among its service providers. Ms. Young, is a tireless advocate for her clients in an era when other similar agencies are closing their doors.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended focus groups and workshops held and sometimes sponsored by CEG and found through my association with Toni that she and the organization are dedicated and committed to making a difference in the Washington/Metropolitan area in regards to the empowerment of women as well as those affected by and infected with the HIV virus. The organization is also involved with revolutionary technologies on the horizon in the area of microbicides as the research progress. An innovative and informative asset in the community.

8 positiveefforts

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have collobrated in the past with Toni Young and know that her community services are the focus of the organization. The Staff in very committed in the field of prevention. Ms. Young have assisted with various grant opportunities.