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September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

My daughter participated in OUDC. She learned a great deal about our history, in particular the Civil Rights Movement, and developed a better understanding of how folks from different backgrounds can and should learn to work together while respecting our differences. She also learned how to facilitate discussions over thorny and sometimes contentious issues - a skill that will serve her well in all sorts of ways in the years to come. I am sure that years from now, she will look back on her experience with OUDC as a vital part of how she learned to move forward in the world and make a positive difference.

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

not only how it taught my daughter about living together in a diverse society but it taught her leadership skills to make that happen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

Operation Understanding of the District of Columbia (a/k/a OUDC) is an amazing program that brings together African-American and Jewish high school students for a year of inter-cultural education, travel, and discovery. Roughly 30 students from the D.C. metropolitan area learn together about Jewish and African-American culture, history, and religious traditions, and explore issues of identity, discrimination, and stereotypes, during a year of programs, lectures, and retreats. The students have just returned from a three-week summer journey in NYC and throughout the deep South, where they visited churches, synagogues, community centers, museums, and memorials, and met with local civic and religious leaders, as well as participants in and heroes of the civil rights movement. OUDC is a transformational experience for these students, who become inspired to join our nation's efforts to battle discrimination and foster greater respect and understanding in our communities.

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

my own child's level of maturity and depth of understanding of her own cultural identity and history, and her appreciation of African-American history and culture.

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

get the word out about this fantastic program to more D.C. students - right now, most participants seem to be recruited through word-of-mouth.

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

hearing the enthusiasm in my daughter's voice when she relates the stories of leaders and witnesses in this nation's struggle to achieve equality and civil rights for all citizens.

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

phenomenal - the four group leaders are knowledgable, personable, patient, energetic, and highly dedicated.

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

offer this wonderful opportunity to additional students in D.C., and perhaps expand to other geographical areas.

Ways to make it better...

I could have attended some of the amazing lectures and programs my child has experienced!

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

raising sufficient funds to provide this fantastic experience at no cost to the fortunate participants.

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

the staff and student participants in this program inspire hope and confidence that the lessons of our past will be remembered as we work for a better future.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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