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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I came to Sadie Nash as a dean in the summer of 2008 and I can without a doubt say that my experience there with those girls changed my life and like most volunteer work I got out of it much more than I put in. My experience there lead me to join the Peace Corps and find other ways to help people. Currently serving in the Peace Corps I am hosting a Girls Empowerment Camp in the middle of August...it is because of my work at Sadie Nash that I got selected to be a host.

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Because of my work at Sadie Nash I joined the Peace Corps and am preparing to host a Girls Empowerment Camp in the middle of August for one week with Zambian 8th graders!

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Not change anything! It is an incredible organization and it changed my life! SNLP is 5 stars!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

SNLP was probably one of the most formative experiences of my post-graduate life. As a Duke graduate with a degree in Women's Studies and Sociology and a passion for social change, finding this organization was truly a blessing! As a Dean I was responsible for the close supervision and mentoring of a small group of young women, supporting their growth directly during short sessions three days a week and indirectly throughout their time in the program. Additionally, I acted as a co-teacher for one of the core programmatic courses: Power, Identity and Privilege. I supported my faculty member in creating and executing innovative and engaging curriculum that challenged our students to critically examine inequalities that exist, and understand how we can be allies and/or speak from our experiences of oppression o fight for a better world. I learned as much as the participants that summer. Every young woman should have the opportunity to participate in a program like this one!

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At the end of the summer, myself and the young ladies I worked with had all significantly extended our "comfort zones" and made a diverse new set of friends.

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Every year the summer institute is house in a different location because the SNLP office space cannot accommodate the amount of young women or the programs office. In an ideal world, SNLP would have a physical space that was representative of its programming and impact.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Sadie Nash does incredible work putting true feminism into action. It empowers young women to be leaders and make a difference in their communities. As a former teacher with the organization, I was impressed with the projects the "Nashers" took on successfully. Great work!

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

...seeing my students achieve amazing things with their knowledge. One started a "Women of Strength" group at our school that continues years later.

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

Get them a bigger office space!

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Sadie Nash Leadership Project has been a big part in opening me up to the world. They were unbias toward our merit, race, and sexual orientation. In fact, in the two summers I've spent in the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, I've met the most diverse group of young women. The workshops the project provides includes workshops that promote finding our inner-self/self esteem, ranging from DJing classes to Art. We also meet with phenomenal speakers every single week.

Not only does Sadie Nash have a famous summer program, but they also have classes that are held sporadically/routinely in the weekends for other general women's empowerment purposes.

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

the classes/field trips I took, and the people I met.

Ways to make it better...

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

make more branches to this organization all across the country.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Sadie Nash Leadership Project was one of the most incredible experiences I could have had in my life. The summer I spent with the Nashers as a Dean in the 2010 Summer Institute was one of the most powerful and inspirational opportunities I could have been given. Sadie Nash works to empower women, but in truly unconventional ways. Teaching young women that they are experts on their lives was one of the most incredible lessons I could have taken away from the Summer Institute. In retrospect, objectively thinking of the impact Sadie Nash has on young women is something to be proud of. This organization inspires women to make choices, be knowledgeable about the world, and advocate for justice for all people. Nothing I have experienced has ever had this type of impact on my social awareness of how to liberate people in my own community. Praise to Sadie Nash for being an incredible organization, with hard working women, and even greater results.

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My own life/. Sadie Nash taught me that I am able to be a dynamic leader in my community and that I can advocate for equity for all people regardless of my age. This organization allowed me to showcase my abilities as a teacher and mentor. It helped me learn about non-traditional and queer subjects, allowing me to have difficult conversations with people about issues that plague our nation. Returning to college in the fall after the institute, I was readily prepared to continue my advocacy work on campus.

Ways to make it better...

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

Allow for more women to take part in the incredible experience the summer institute offers. With limited staff and resources, many girls are not able to participate in the program.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2010

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I LOVE Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP). I have had the opportunity to teach young women in their Brooklyn and Newark Summer Institutes and have been impressed by the consistency of their mission in all aspects of their work. They believe that young women are leaders and this belief pervades all of their activities. The Summer Institutes offer AMAZING coursework - like Theater of the Oppressed and the Poetry of Women Prisoners. Over a six-week period, I have borne witness to the transformation of young women - specifically, in terms of how they connect with social justice work and how they view themselves.

In addition, I love that SNLP is hyper-organized. I sometimes have experienced youth organizations be a little sloppy in their bookkeeping or administration. I find that SNLP is always on top of it which makes them a pleasure to work with.

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

seeing the transformation of young women in the Summer Institute over six weeks. The young women start talking about social justice issues and about higher aspirations for themselves. After teaching most sessions, I have left on a major high.

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expand it! have more opportunities for more young women. I would also love a SNLP program for grown women. I feel that I (and many women I know) could greatly benefit from the amazing leadership and community-building activities that take place at SNLP

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I attended the Sadie Nash Leadership project in the summer of 2010 and honestly it was the best summer of my life. I learned about leadership and about issues such as immigration laws, women's oppression, LGBTQ struggles, and unethical behavior in certain industries. I would say that I am a new person because of my experience. For example, before Sadie Nash I was not aware of the struggles of people from the LGBTQ community and now I can say that I am an ally. The community was very welcoming and accepting. The atmosphere was laid-back and supportive, a place where everyone could be her true self. I also learned life lessons that I live by today. For example, I learned that all of our struggles are connected and in order to change one form of oppression we must change all forms of oppression.

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my confidence sharing my personal story in front of others, my awareness of social justice issues, my personality has become more outgoing.

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I would not make changes to this program because I highly enjoyed my experience. The workshops were fun and the people were kind.

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