Diversity Is Victory Among Sisters with Soldiers of Life, Inc (DIVAS with SOL)

Rating: 4.73 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: Oakland CA 94605 USA

Mission: Our mission is to empower our youth, females and males separately and bring them together to create positive energy and build self - esteem in each other and our community.
Results: DIVAS with SOL puts together Thanksgiving Baskets every year to assist families. During Christmas break we always do something for the children. This year we did Snacks with Santa. Children watched a movie, ate hot dogs, fruitsnacks with a drink and took a picture with Santa and received a gift. Fundraiser diner with Ericka Huggins from the Black Panther Party.
Target demographics: females and males, 6th-8th grade, Bay Area
Direct beneficiaries per year: KMEL has donated their time.
Geographic areas served: Bay Area. Anyone is welcome if you do not mind traveling.
Programs: Teach how to believe in self and raise their Self-esteem. Educational workshops

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Rating: 5 stars  

A community is only as strong as the members who support it. DIVAS with SOL is an organization that shows our community at its best and strongest. From holiday food baskets to families that need assistance to motivational guidance for young women through mentorship this organization showcases exemplary support for a population that often falls through society's cracks, the young and impressionable. The organization need MORE community support and more funding because its services are invaluable. The events, Christmas photos, joyful movie celebrations with elves and higher education planning for youth, are marked for the sheer enthusiasm shown by participants and volunteers alike. This is an organization worth modeling and funding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the events mentioned above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

certainly add staffing and increase event budgets

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Volunteer

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

D.I.V.A.S with SOL is an awesome nonprofit organization that helps the youth of today excel. Tara is a very motivational, positive woman and her passion pours out onto the youth she deals with. Young people of today need an outlet, a place they can go to and be active in the community to stay out of trouble. DIVAS with SOL is the perfect place for that. I attended the Halloween event and was very intrigued by the amount of people that showed up and how well organized and planned it was. D.I.V.A.S with Sol is what we need in our communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced life impacting results from this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There isn't anything I'd change about this organization, it's awesome!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Since meeting Tara and learning more about her non-profit, I have gone to two events for DIVAS with SOL. Tara definitely motivates the young people to feel good about giving their very best. I was also impressed on how engaged the parents and volunteers were. This is definitely not a place where the kids are dropped off. The parents were there cheering all the kids on. The volunteers were available, assisting without taking away from the kids. Very positive environment whose focus is definitely about cultivating high self-esteem in our boys and girls. These experiences will hopefully impact these kids to become positive adults in our communities and continue the cycle of giving back to the next generation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

DIVA’s with SOL founder, Tara Johnson saw a need in the community among teens who yearned for an organization where they could turn to receive motivational direction and support. Instead of turning a blind eye, Ms. Johnson pulled up her sleeves and didn’t hesitate to put in the necessary work in the community and get dirty.

Creating a place that fosters hardwork , trust, and commitment, Ms. Johnson has given all those involved the tools through her organization DIVA’s with SOL, a chance to get there. D.I.V.A’s with SOL has been a wonderful place for teens to both receive and give support and resources not only to its members, but to the communities it reaches. The idea that working hard and playing hard provides more opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed can be seen in the lives of its members and the communities that they help.

With support, structure and individual attention, students are able to excel and go beyond their initial goals. DIVA’s with SOL encourages and prepares teens for higher education. In addition to the belief that higher education is the key to open up doors once locked, they also support individualized paths for those who choose alternative routes to education with the goal personal empowerment and belief leads to success. The success experienced is more than academic, it helps those involved build self-esteem, work towards a promising future and further their personal goals.
Some examples of this organizations love and dedication can be seen through the yearly “Reindeer Workshop” which provides a place for youth during Christmas break when most doors are closed, to continue activities targeted towards empowerment while embracing the Christmas spirit. This program also parallels with “Snacks with Santa” for children in the community. In addition to the annual “Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving Baskets” which this organization works tirelessly collecting months before hand in order to provide for families who would otherwise go without, Ms. Johnson has kept her eyes on the prize of helping those who want to succeed, and her doors open in order to reach as many youths as possible to give them every opportunity to succeed and become EMPOWERED!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the success stories and seeing the results of hard work and dedication.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

DO NOTHING< but hope they were recognized for what they do in the community!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

by word of mouth ; )

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

DIVAS with SOL is a organization that is needed in the community. They are connected with the youth and try to deliver whatever is needed for the success of the community

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just observed the success they've had with the kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd love to see them get more funding so can realize their full potential!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is needed in this community! It brings LIFE!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I brought children to the Halloween Fun Day!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help find funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

DIVAS with SOL is a great non profit organization that is second to none as far as helping the youth in our community. I have had the honor of helping out with a few functions that Mrs. Johnson has put together and they were all phenomenal. I have two nieces that has participated in the club and has truly enjoyed every bit of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Taking my nieces there and allowing them to do their school work and have fun with other kids that were there

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest granting this organization with some finances

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Rating: 5 stars  

If there was ever a program that thrived on the success of the youth and well-being of the community, it would be DIVAS with SOL. I have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Tara Johnson and there isn't anyone else more qualified and motivated to continue making a difference in the lives of many. From her mentoring workshops and fundraisers to her programs designed to give back to the less fortunate, Mrs. Johnson is always finding a way to come up with new and creative ideas to get our young people involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my involvement at the Reindeer workshop during the Christmas holidays

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more publicity. more people should know about this positive non-profit

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of knowing the founder and meeting some of the young people she serves. D.I.V.A.S. is an excellent program that truly helps shape young people. As a resident of the community this program is in, I can definitely say that we need MORE programs like this in our area.

I got to hear some of the program participants speak. They were poised and well spoken. They learned how to present themselves with confidence because of the support they received from D.I.V.A.S.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been to an event that featured the participants and the founder of the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Definitely work on marketing and outreach. I understand that they need more funding to do this and expand their program offerings.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This program consistently reaches out to the community and embraces our youth to strive towards success and to have values and respect for one another. They teach individuals to be strong leaders, role models and supporters of positive influences. One of the biggest achievements of this program is that it gives our youth a strong and confident voice individually and collectively. It is programs like this that impact our community directly by helpoing to shape our youth's future in positive directions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Allowing my daughter to volunteer and allowing my son to attend community sponsored events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to reach more students and expand programming opportunities.

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