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August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

Self-segregation is common in America, yet it is not a path I want my children to follow. My child's participation in OUDC has opened her mind to these challenges. It has provided her open dialogue with peers and enabled her to develop friendships with people of other races and religions. Experts in the civil rights movement and Jewish history and culture share their insight with these students. They are encouraged to develop their own ideas and share them with their community.

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

Proof of OUDC's impressive results is the success of it's participants over the past 15 years.

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

I suggest OUDC implement alumni events and fund raising campaigns.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

As a donor/ parent of a participant I have been able to meet the participants and their families. They share my family's values, goals and beliefs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Having participated in the program years earlier, the staff was knowledgeable, committed and well-trained.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

With additional funds, OUDC could offer this same great opportunity to more students.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if both of my children had participated in the program. Only one of my children had the opportunity to participate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenge facing OUDC is obtaining the financial donations necessary to continue the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Adults could also benefit from a similar program. It is never too late to open one's mind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

OUDC changes lives. It places young students on the difficult yet essential path of being advocates of freedom. It awakes one's sleeping spirit to join in the cause of equality, justice, and righteousness. Although the program lasts for one year its effects remain for a lifetime. I am privileged to have been able to meet young Black and Jewish students in my community to build a coalition of Love. OUDC changed my life.

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

no response.

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

keep things the same way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendships I have made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing and full of energy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world a lot more quickly.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time together.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'm not sure how to answer this question.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have no regrets about becoming a member of OUDC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

OUDC not only strengthened my understanding of social justice while I was in high school, but also made me believe in the power of individuals and groups of people working together to change the world. It is a small organization, but had a huge impact on my life and on the lives of so many others connected to the program. I can think of few organizations that do so much with so little.

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

my constant reflection on how the lessons of the civil right movement apply to present day issues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it continues to attract amazing young people and shape them into more thoughtful leaders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic, dedicated, and committed to their workç

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 7, 2009

Operation Understanding provides young African American and Jewish high school juniors/seniors with unique and life changing experiences. Their goal is to develop a network of young leaders working to promote values of social justice,understanding,fairness,curiosity about and concern for others. Their programs are thoughtful,intelligently organized. They help the participants begin to challenge assumptions they have held, listen to and respect the perspectives of those who disagree with them and provide them with access to inspiring leaders and social activists or holocaust survivors I have seen the changes in the lives of several young people who have participated in OUDC. They all have a spark to make the world better and tools to go about effecting this.

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

My child is a more engaged,curious and socially conscious young man as a result of his particiaption in OUDC. He challenges others in the family to rethink stereotypes and assumptions we might have about other groups.

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

Be so proud. Keep my staff motivated and work to increase voluteers support and involvement.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Observing the growth in the young people who have participated in the program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated,inspired and inspiring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Broaden it's outreach and impact.

Ways to make it better...

I could have gone along with my child.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial,having enough slots to accomodate all of the applicants

One thing I'd also say is that...

It works quite efficiently and effectively with limited resources and has an amazing positive spirit of the potential of the human being to see and do good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

OUDC is a watershed experience that leads to social action for most of the participants who are fortunate enough to participate in the program. I know it was for me.

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

The change for good it has spurned in participants and the community as a whole.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get the students out in the community more.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The change for the better it created in my own life and now seeing a new class of students each year experience those same eye opening moments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All passionate and committed to the organization and the mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the number of participants and/or increase the scope of the summer trip.

Ways to make it better...

Much more qualified people apply then can participate because of limited resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping graduates of the program committed to the program once it is over.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Operation Understanding DC is a leader in the social change that is happening in this country right now.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

Being a member of OUDC was the single most important thing I ever did in high school. The program opened my eyes to a world of knowledge and experiences I never would have dreamed accessible, and it has definitively shaped the person who I am today, and will be for the rest of my life. OUDC has allowed me to connect better with African-Americans and Muslims, stand up for those less fortunate than I, educate people about ignorant comments at work, and become more closely connected with the Jewish community. Bringing together Black and Jewish teenagers to learn about and experience first-hand their shared histories of struggle and triumph is monumentally important in a world of ever-increasing shorter and less personal human interaction. I was challenged in OUDC to confront difficult viewpoints, confront history, and confront myself. I could not recommend the program more highly.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal satisfaction it provides and motivation it instills to do something with the knowledge and experiences you now have.

Ways to make it better...

I could have kept going longer, and had more personal time to serve as a program leader in later years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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August 5, 2009

Participating in Operation Understanding DC continues to be one of the most important and defining experiences of my life. The dialogues we had, the people we met and the sites we saw continue to effect me and inspire me in my social justice work. It helped shape the way I think about race, religion, civil rights, social justice and privilege. Meeting with people who changed history in the Civil Rights Movement such as members of the Montgomery Bus Boycott or Greensboro lunch counter sit ins, and those who continue to fight for civil rights, such as public defenders, left me in awe and inspired me in ways that a classroom never could. Walking in the footsteps of those who fought for a better society, in places like Selma, Alabama, is something that I will never forget. Seeing small communities with just a handful of Jews helped me further connect with my Jewish identity. I credit Operation Understanding DC to getting me started on a path of social justice. Although I participated in this program four years ago it continues to effect me, and I think and talk about it often. Thanks to OUDC I know that I will be spending my life doing social justice work.

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

the work that me peers are doing. Operation Understanding DC graduates continue to be leaders both in their communities, whether it is starting their own dialogues, or starting their own organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to do what it is doing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The month long civil rights journey, which opened me up to an amazing chapter in our nation's history. They do not teach all the details of the Civil Rights Movement in schools, but this trip gave me a whole new insight to this movement

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, kind, thought provoking and helped me in every step throughout my journey.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to even more youth and expand outreach in order to spread our message and what we have learned.

Ways to make it better...

I did more outreach. The third part of the program is outreach to your community, such as speaking about what you learned and leading diversity workshops. Speaking and leading workshops were always a powerful experience and I would have liked to do more

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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August 5, 2009

Operation Understanding DC was an amazing opportunity for me. It greatly increased my confidence and my ability to act in spite of my being younger. This program increases social awareness and provides a forum to discuss many deep issues on race, religion and the nature of prejudice.

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

the way I personally think and act. Hopefully this will expand to my whole community.

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the life-long friends made who truly understand me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing in that they all had a story to tell and all helped to lead us to our goal of being community leaders to eradicate racism and prejudice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend our summer journey, which was made three days shorter for lack of funds this year which would give us more time to process and debrief together on what we had experienced as well as experiencing more.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time together.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and public knowledge. If more people knew about this program, more people would try to participate as well as greater opportunity for funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this program has changed my life forever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

Operation Understanding DC is a great program for individuals who want to become great civil rights activists and become great community leaders. OUDC has really help me to better apreciate the history of my culture and heritage, and better understand the history of the Jewish heritage and culture. I would definately recommend this program to all youth interested in coming out of their shell, learning more about African American and Jewish culture and heritage, and becoming great advocates of the moral progression of society.

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

My church, school, and community. OUDC is constanlty changing the way young people view society.

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

If i ran this organization i would spend more of the programs talking about the culture and heritage of the two communities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting many of the people i've only read or heard about and meeting people who were actually there during many of these events such as the Bloody Sunday march and the Holocaust.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the kinds of staff and volunteers that i met were very kind and understanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could really give its participants a better opportunity to better understand their culture and to meet more people who were involed or forced to participate during these times. We could really learn more.

Ways to make it better...

my experience would have been better if there was more emphasis on Black CULTURE today oppose to just the history.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaing cultural balance within the curriculum of the program. As well as promoting the acceptance of the differences within diierent cultures.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is on of the greatest nonprofit oraganizations I know where everyone who participates walks away with something positive and a better understanding of something new, what ever it may be.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

Two of my children have been transformed by the OUDC experience. Their horizons were broadened and they came away with a better sense of self and a deeper devotion to others. They also learned a lesson not being taught well in other DC environments: you can disagree strongly with someone and still hold that person close to your heart. In addition to helping Jews and African-Americans understand each other better, the neighborhoods, economic circumstances and values these kids represent offer them all insights into others. These kids are tomorrow's leaders.

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

opening worlds of ideas and relationships for my own children and others.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the extraordinary young people who are a part of it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, devoted and determined to making a better society.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach 320 kinds a year instead of 32.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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