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August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

This organization changed my life Not only did I learn so much about black and jewish culture/history and connections, I also met amazing people who I KNOW will be the agents of change in the future. The people I met inspired me and motivated me to continue to be a positive leader in my own community. OUDC has inspired me to continue to make working for social justice my career.

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

The people I met along the way, the amazing stories I heard and the in depth discussions I was lucky to be a part.

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

Lacking on the part of the jewish participants. I hope one day I can be a part of the staff!!!

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

Use the money to get the word out to more possible participants in order to ensure those who are involved are the most committed and enthusiastic. The money would also allow for OUDC to focus on programming without worrying about funds as a limitation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

As a member of Class 15, I think that this is one of the best and most rewarding programs or non-profits I have ever come in contact with, and it opened my mind and truly carried out its mission. OUDC makes me want to become an activist and fight racism and prejudices in my communities today

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

my friends' and my progress into becoming responsible members of our community and activists.

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

be proud of myself. I would also work to organize workshops to promote understanding at schools in the DC area with participants and keep staff and students inspired and motivated to make a difference.

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

all the people I've met -- not just speakers, but my classmates and our groupleaders, each of whom inspired me in some way; and everything I've learned about how to implement change in my community.

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

some of the most intelligent, kind, helpful, and extrordinary people I have ever met.

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

inspire more people like me and reach sectors of society to spread understanding not just among young adults but among grown-ups.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time on the Summer Journey and with my friends.

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

financial and a lack of slots for applicants.

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

this program makes one fully realize the power of the human spirit against hardships.

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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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...

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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

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.

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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

August 5, 2009

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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.

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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

August 5, 2009

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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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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

As a group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and combating racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of prejudice in American society, OUDC had a profound impact on my world view and my relationships with those around me. The program brings together African-American and Jewish students from the DC-VA-MD area for a year-long journey of understanding. While the group helped train me to actively promote cross-cultural exchange and combat prejudice, its impacts on the personal level were much more profound: I became aware of prejudiced stereotypes I did not know I harbored, realized the ways in which societal inequality impacts different peoples' life chances, and came to a deeper understanding of my own roots. These lessons I took away from OUDC will continue to shape my life.

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

the dramatic change it has ushered in on my own personal worldview.

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

Expand the number of students involved while maintaining an intimate group size; possibly expand the curriculum and participant base to include more minority groups.

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

it gave me a chance to learn more about the world while also experiencing profound revelations about myself. And the fantastic people I met!!

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

dedicated, enthusiastic, and extremely knowledgeable while still quite easy to relate to.

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

expand its operation to give more young people a chance to participate, advertise in a more pervasive way, and expand its current curriculum by adding new stops to its July trip.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been a participant for more than just one year. I simply could not get enough, and there is just so much to learn.

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

Budget and recruitment.

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

People I tell about my time in OUDC don't believe me as they have never heard of the group, but it's almost impossible to describe how wonderful of an organization it is!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

OUDC is an important, unique and well-run organization. My daughter is participating this year in the program along with about 30 other Jewish and African-American 11th/12th graders. Through the program they are learning a great deal about their heritage, the history of the relationship between the groups, the history of the civil rights movement, and, perhaps most important, themselves. The program imparts these lessons by choosing students with open minds and educating them through a combination of contacts with notables in civil rights, history and other relevant fields, including bi-weekly educational sessions throughout the year, cultural exchanges with members of the other group, and a summer journey through all the significant stops in the history of the civil rights struggle in the U.S. The students are exposed to people and experiences that they might otherwise not see. And they bring these experiences and lessons back to their communities through public speaking -- for which the program helps train them -- and other interactions. I can't speak highly enough about the mission of this organization, and their skill at satisying that mission. The group's facilitators are energetic and well-trained, and the choices of subject matters and venues are always spot-on. By helping raise a generation of enlightened and open-minded youth, they are making a real contribution to relations between the cultures, and help ensure that these participants will be a positive force for societal change.

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

the quality of instruction and experience provded to my daughter, as well as the quality of the students selected to participate.

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

sharing with my daughter the important parts of civil rights history that she has learned.

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

smart, energetic, open-minded, committed, challenging, and real role models.

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

extend the experience to many many more student in the country -- beyond the 30 in this program -- who are open to its lessons and can share them with their communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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