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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I am convinced that the day that LeeAnn Fletcher called my house to say that I got off of the Sadie Nash waiting list is among the most life-path-altering days of my life. The most important concept I learned at Sadie Nash was that of safe space. At first, the idea of creating a safe space with a group of teenagers who I had never met before seemed ludicrous. I expected to be confronted with drama and rivalries and the general chaos I’d seen on “reality” tv shows. But we all gave communal safe space a chance because deep down, despite our doubts of its existence, I think we all desperately wanted it to be real.

Our efforts certainly paid off. As the summer progressed, we came to realize that a safe space wasn't a place where there were no judgments or opposing opinions. Rather, in our safe place we
acknowledged that judging is inevitable but what was most important was how we acted once our opinions were formed.

We learned to challenge ideas rather that the people who held them.

We became conscious of the fact that respecting other people’s points of view is what allows us to stop surviving and start living.

We created a safe space.

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

preparing for a career applying, being accepted to and doing well in college becoming a more tolerant person questioning our society's power and priviledge systems forming my identity

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

Accept more girls for the summer program; Sadie Nash afforded me such amazing opportunities.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Sadie Nash Leadership Project helped me find who I am and who I want to be. It sparked my interest and made me want to do more for my community. I can not begin to explain the feeling I gained from meeting so many diverse women from all walks of life and learn that we all share common issues, feelings, and so much more then society leads us to believe . I will never forget PIP (a core class in the program) were we discussed our flower of power and other major social issues. In the flower petals we put our race, religion, gender ,citizen status, sexual orientation and other things about ourselves . Each week we discuss a different petal and issue. Each week I realized who in society really had poweror an advantage just because they were born or choose to be a certain. I wanted this to change so did the other girls in my class. Over all Sadie Nash gave me hope that change is possible. I felt like I could be a leader and I'm not alone in my fight for social change . Sadie Nash was a program that I am thankful for being apart of and looking forward to going back to.

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

The summer of 2010

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

I would make so you could come back for more then just two years

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I became a nasher when I was 17, years old and never regretted any moment apart of this organizations. They have taught me leadership skills: how to be proficient, how to work with others from other ethnic groups and it has taught me about the world beyond what I thought I already knew. The summer program was a great experience!! Implementing ideas we(the nashers) wanted to inform others about and most importantly how to help others.
I believe one of my best acquirements of being in Sadie Nash is knowing how to give to others, building courage for myself, learning how to respect others from different backgrounds and how to make a difference in society.

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my academic goals, I am currently working towards a degree in Social Work and it was the informative sessions on different social issues that has given me a passion and drive to want contribute to societ, and to fight against social injustice.

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like to have summer programs or sessions for nashers who are in college and visiting for the summer. I believe this could be a way for networking and staying connected.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

What I learned from SNLP is incredibly value, and has helped me understand my strengths as an immigrant woman of color. As a former ELLA fellow, a program dedicated to give young women a chance to lead a social justice project in communities they identify with, I started my project at one of the worst times in my life-- fresh out of college, away from home, etc. Through mentorship of the coordinators, as well as my peers, I came to understand the support system I had, and learned a great deal about grassroots organizing. To this day, I thank SNLP for the incredible year they gave me, and helped me realize the confidence within me.

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As a young non-profit professional today advocating for rights in communities of color and low-income communities, I always keep in mind the useful skills I learned from organizing. I became a much better listener as a result, which helps me navigate the communities I serve.

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

I would hope that more resources can be devoted to SNLP.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I participated in the Summer Institute at SNLP and it has honestly changed my life. It opened up new pathways that I had never considered. Prior to my experience, I never thought of myself as a leader. At SNLP, we were engaged in discussions and it was there that I learned that I had a voice and that I should use it. Since that summer, I have taken on many leadership roles and am looking forward to continue my leadership. I am even now considering starting my own project for the community--a feat that I never would have considered!

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I have felt a major boost in my confidence. I am now more likely to voice my opinions. When there is an idea I have, I am more inclined to say it. These changes in my personality has resulted in mine taking leadership roles in my high school.

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

I would include some activities that require being a leader. Maybe during the Summer Institute, girls can look for community service events that they are passionate about. They then share it with their friends and together they can lead it. We always talked about leadership but I never got to implement it during the summer.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

Sadie Nash was a fantastic experience. I learned so much about myself and my potential. It was one of the greatest learning experience I had in my years of high school. Because of Sadie Nash, I learned what I truly believe it and I stand up for it.

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The results of this program show in character and attitudes toward different issues. I am able to take a stance, and I find that I am not afraid to voice my opinions.

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

I would add a community service aspect to it.

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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

How did you find this group?

school

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I believe in myself. I also feel that is necessary to show my peers that they can believe in themselves too. My mind is not so narrow anymore.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

As an alumna of Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) Summer Institute in 2003 and 2004, a Dean of SNLP’s Summer Institute in 2007, and a member of SNLP’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007, I can attest that SNLP’s Summer Institute inspires and changes young women’s lives through their leadership-based education. What I learned from SNLP’s summer programming many years ago has and continues to inform the work I do now even after completing my college education.

The courses and workshops I participated in at SNLP were extremely beneficial to my social experience in high school because they enhanced my self-confidence and self-awareness. Even now, I clearly recall how workshops on topics such as body image and portrayals of women in the media helped me overcome the misconceptions I had about to societal norms of beauty and power and appreciate my own appearance and acknowledge my own strengths. This self-awareness slowly improved my self-esteem, which was integral to my increased participation at school. In the past, I almost never raised my hand in class for fear of seeming stupid. However after my first summer with SNLP, I started to raise my hand more often because I had become more confident in my abilities and my right to ask questions when I did not fully understand something in class. My grades improved due to my increased participation. The school year after my first SNLP summer, I ran and won the election to become the president of Key Club, a community service organization at my high school. As the leader of the largest organization in my school, I became more active in student affairs. My increased involvement at school naturally made me more devoted to attending school.

In addition to helping me in school socially, SNLP was also essential to helping me excel in school academically. The Summer Institute classes, ranging from Writing is Fighting, to Power, Identity and Privilege, focused on topics that were personal to us and that we felt passionate about. In this way, we were better able to learn because the topics that were being taught was enjoyable. For example, in my Role of Public Education in America course, we were asked to research, debate, and write on contemporary education issues such as, private school vouchers and affirmative action. I credit this highly rigorous course for not only teaching me about history, government and public policy in the United States, but also for honing my research methods and essay writing skills. The knowledge and skills I gained from that and other SNLP classes have been valuable to both my high school and college education.

However, unlike the other more traditional summer learning programs, SNLP taught us much more than the technicalities of what to learn- SNLP taught me how to learn. In my Power, Identity and Privilege class, I studied the power structures and institutions that shaped my life and my society and explored how they all affected me as a young woman of color. By realizing how oppressive many of the most powerful institutions in our societies are, I learned to be critical and to question everything- even the things that seem “natural” or “just the way things are.” Because I had become interested in empowering myself and others, I became a more active and engaged student at high school, and later, in college.

My SNLP education continued to influence me in college when I traveled to the Himalayan region of China to conduct independent fieldwork on ecotourism development in a matrilineal society in the area. My SNLP education not only nurtured my academic interest in gender and justice issues, but also my confidence to travel and work alone in a remote, unfamiliar place. My research was successful largely due to my comfort with nuance and critical analysis, and dedication to ethical and accountable scholarship which SNLP has always taught and exemplified.

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SNLP has left an indelible impact on not only my education, but also on the way I have conducted work at the workplace and continue to live my life as a whole. By teaching me to grow and encouraging my outlook to expand, SNLP has made me more than just a passive container of information- SNLP has made me a life-long agent of active and informed change.

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

expand the programming to enable more young women to experience the opportunities that SNLP has to offer!

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

When I was applying to the Summer Institute I read that I was expected to work with a community of diverse, young women and that is exactly what happened, in such an educational, enjoyable, and memorable way. I shared my personal experiences with girls that I didn’t know and they did the same, and they accepted me. It was the very first time that I have worked with so many females and I felt so comfortable. I didn't have to worry about what anyone thought of me and I was glad to have that state of mind because it's what I think of myself that matters. My Dean was like the big sister that I never had. When I talked to her, it felt really good. We had so many connections on different levels and that was the same with all of the Nashers. Our talks consisted of fierce, beautiful, and powerful ideas with smiles, laughs and sometimes tears.
I learned about things that I had never heard of. Power, Identity, Privilege (PIP) had such a positive impact on my life and has inspired me to become an educator! And Leadership Seminar strengthened my leadership skills. My creative and academic classes rewarded me with so much knowledge and changed my ignorance about the social construct.
I believe that every young woman should have the chance to be a part of a community like the Sadie Nash Leadership Project because it is an everlasting bond that I am so thankful to have.

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

Participating in the classes they had to offer in the summer institute and given the chance to have the opportunity to intern at another organization. I now know what I want to do after high school and majoring in college.

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

The only thing that I would want to change to this organization is where the organization lives. Sadie Nash shares a church and it is not the best, but they are making the best of it.

March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

The staff at SNLP worked very hard to create a diverse environment. I believe that they did an excellent job, not just with racial, sexual, gender, religious, socio-economic, nationality, diversity, but also with skill sets. Every participant in the program, Deans, Staff, and Nashers all brought something to the table which greatly improved at least one other individual and the community as a whole.

SNLP was the major catalyst for expanding my gender and sex related research into Chicana feminism, integrating class, race, and many other aspects of ones identity into a feminist context.

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

New York City. My life. My sex (body) and gender identity. My research. My involvement with an Anti-violence organization.

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

Make it larger so that it can help more people. I believe that the structural foundation of the organization is strong enough to make any necessary adjustments to the programs they run. As such, I believe it is their place to make changes, not my own.

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