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August 14, 2012

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August 14, 2012

Operation Understand DC is the best organization that I could have ever got involved in. Their focus on educating the youth about history, activism, and the culture of others helps in the overall goal to build strong community leaders. As a participant in the program I have learned more about myself through the history programs, the verity of speakers presented, and my classmates. This year long opportunity is one of a life time! I encourage everyone, who has the chance to be apart of this program, to participate.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 14, 2012

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August 14, 2012

This organization not only is developing the children within the program, but also kids and adults alike outside of the program. By openly spreading equality and the complete expulsion of racism, anti-semitism and all forms of discrimination. This organization takes its time to teach all about the importance of understanding one another through religion or day to day encounters! This non-profit is deserving of the award!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 13, 2012

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August 13, 2012

My daughter is a member of OUDC's current class, and I have witnessed first-hand how the OUDC experience has transformed her. Through the weekend-long retreats, the Sunday afternoon seminars and the summer journey, she has learned so much about her own history and culture (Jewish) and the history and culture of the African American community and the civil rights movement. She has acquired close friendships she might not otherwise have had. When she returned from the summer journey through New York City and the South, meeting with social justice activists, religious leaders and leaders of the civil rights movement, she decided to pursue social justice programs in college, and our college search is now focused on schools that offer such programs. OUDC's leadership is outstanding. They are experts at expanding the horizons of the students, their families and the communities in which they live.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2012

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February 10, 2011

I am a diversity director at a MD independent school. We have had various students from our school go through the OUDC program with wonderful results. I know OUDC graduates to be fantastic facilitat... more

February 11, 2012

I work at a school that regularly sends students to the OUDC program. Not only does our school benefit from the rich relationships established from OUDC through its staff and network, but also by having our own students come back to teach their fellow students and teachers about what they have learned. Recently, one of our african-american male OUDC students invited his jewish male OUDC colleague to speak at our Martin Luther King Memorial Chapel. It was a powerful and authentic realization of the mission of OUDC.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 10, 2011

I am a diversity director at a MD independent school. We have had various students from our school go through the OUDC program with wonderful results. I know OUDC graduates to be fantastic facilitators and end up educating their own school communities as a result of their experience. I find OUDC to be well-run and organized in its selection process and implementation of the program.

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

The facilitation and leadership skills honed by graduates helped grow our school's own diversity program. Also, OUDC recruiters came to our school to talk to students, and ended up counseling all the students they talked with about setting high goals and working hard in school.

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

create a more stable website with more information.

October 26, 2011

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October 26, 2011

Transformative. Enlightening. Empowering. Those are a few words our high school students used to describe the “Stereotype” workshop facilitated by OUDC students last year. Our program counselors and staff could not stop talking about the visible difference we saw in our students after the workshop. There was a heightened sense of self-awareness and consciousness that was not there before. Thank you OUDC for empowering our students.

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

a workshop facilitated by the OUDC students

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

provide more funds to the program

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

One of the best experiences of my life. OUDC transformed not only the way I percieve and interact with others but the way I see myself and my role in society.

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

my day to day interactions with others

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

I would do more to keep in touch with past participants and keep them engaged with one another and the program.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

For a small nonprofit organization, OUDC does huge things. Both of my daughters were participants in this program. They both have told me that this program made a huge impact on them. In fact, they both said that this is a life changing program and if you have the opportunity to become part of this program, you should do so. I am grateful to the OUDC staff for helping my daughters to care about their community and to become active participants.

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

that my daughters matured exponentially by participating in this program.

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

make none

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I am a parent of a member of the 16th class. This experience was transformational for our daughter. OUDC helped her to see where she fits into our world and how she can help our make our world a better and more understanding and tolerant place. The opportunity to go on the summer journey made the civil rights movement more than an historical event in a textbook. She was given a chance to speak to surviving members of the movement and to see the landmark places of the movement. This solidified for her the sacrifices made on her behalf by those who came before. She is a better person, student, and member of society, as a result of this experience.

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

I have watched our daughter mature.

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

I would keep up more of the same!

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

My daughter's experience as an OUDC class member was truly life altering. She now teaches in a low performing urban, public school and the leadership skills, cultural perspectives, and understandings she developed during her year with OUDC are helping her to succeed in a very challenging endeavor. As a parent, I grew along with my daughter. For those students who are fortunate to be accepted into the program, OUDC provides them with a unique set of tools to make a real difference in the world.

Jamie Butler,
Parent of a former OUDC student and current Board member

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

seeing my daughter make career decisions upon graduation from college

Ways to make it better...

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

find more sources of support to enable to program to reach more students as well as to become more financially secure.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

OUDC has been such an important part of my life and continues to impact me years after I graduated from the program. It has helped shaped my education, career path, my way of thinking, my identity, and my understanding of history.

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

My academic pursuits and my career plans

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand it so that more students are able to benefit.

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