We had open discussions, the groups were outstanding, everything was broke down and explained clearly. I would like to join another group in the near future. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
I better inform about HIV and how you get it (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
They gave me a HIV test which I like that I like the gift cards. I learn how to stop being so aggressive. They were nice doing the review. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
The very first time I came to the organization I didn't know what to expect. I gotten a lot of good information about coping with being aggressive also I've learned more about HIV/AIDS I really enjoyed my session and the instructor Mrs. Diane. (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
My personal story was I was led to this program by a great griend who was in the same place as I was but she decided to change her life to help everyone else who wanted to change there life (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
Truly it was a blessed session Ms. Diane Jones on the ball she really knew her knowledge I appreciate Ms. Diane goes teaching me what I did not know It is very very helpful I learned a lot to oh yes a lot was taught to me I did focus on the program and am encourage and need to learn more. I am interested in some more focus groups too I am ready to learn and do more too Peace. Peace. Yes God Bless (entered by a GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
Toni Young and her team run a very tight ship and are very dedicated to contribute to women's weallness and empowering the black community. They have engaged in many public health programs targeting underserved and marginalized populations and are on the forefront of culturally grounded approaches for addressing the needs of these communities. CEG certainly has my vote and I hope to work with them in the future.
CEG targets an often under-served community, African Americans who may or may not be HIV positive, who may or may not be substance users and who more often than not fall in a lower socio-economic strata. What's admirable about CEG's work is their never ending effort to empower their clients to take control of their own lives. Many of these clients eventually do turn their lives around and become leaders within their networks or become staff members in CEG or other community based organizations. Another admirable quality of CEG's work is their focus on bridging the divide between communities of color and mainstream research institutions. Under the guidance of the executive director, Ms. Young, CEG has established fairly equitable relationships with several institutions not necessarily accustomed to partnering with community based organizations. The director understands the research landscape thoroughly and knows that if research cohorts do not adequately represent the racial and ethnic make up of our society, the research results may be skewed. Those skewed results may adversely impact communities of color. CEG's challenges have less to do with the organizational structure and more to do with some cultural and financial constraints. CEG has had to expand its scope of service to remain viable in the face of shrinking grant and donor money as well as political and social challenges. So far, the expansion has not hindered CEG's service delivery. My concern is that in time, women's services will may be too diluted to address women's particular needs. Overall, Washington, DC is fortunate to have CEG among its service providers. Ms. Young, is a tireless advocate for her clients in an era when other similar agencies are closing their doors.
I have attended focus groups and workshops held and sometimes sponsored by CEG and found through my association with Toni that she and the organization are dedicated and committed to making a difference in the Washington/Metropolitan area in regards to the empowerment of women as well as those affected by and infected with the HIV virus. The organization is also involved with revolutionary technologies on the horizon in the area of microbicides as the research progress. An innovative and informative asset in the community.
I have collobrated in the past with Toni Young and know that her community services are the focus of the organization. The Staff in very committed in the field of prevention. Ms. Young have assisted with various grant opportunities.
As a Consulting Grant Writer for CEG, I had an opportunity to examine in detail CEG's impact on their community. CEO A. Toni Young has an impressive history of commitment to serving the health needs of women marginalized by race, economic status, and/or HIV positive status. The innovative solutions CEG delivers, such as CHAMPS and SISTA focus on empowering women to meet their own needs and stand up for themselves through providing a toolkit of skills.
I have worked with this group for many years. They are dedicated and very professional. As a professional with expertise in working with people living with HIV/AIDS, I have worked with many non-profit organization, however, CEG appears to be most dedicated to the community. They get the word out about HIV/AIDS and prevention. The staff is very visible in the community. I am always happy to work with the CEG staff. Toni Young and staff deserve public recognition for their work work.
CEG's community work as well as collaborations nationally has been an inspiration to several CBO's including Street Works in Nashville,Tn.
My non-profit organization has received technical support, training and capacity building from the Community Education Group (CEG). They are professional and competent community-based organization. They are very visible in the Washington, DC area. I have collaborated on a federal grant with CEG. I highly recommend Toni Young and CEG for any public recognition for their tireless work in the Metropolitan area of Washington, DC.
I've worked with this group since 2004. In my business, I work with many associations and non-profits. However, at CEG, I've seen a level of dedication to getting the help to the community that I've rarely seen at some similar organizations. They run the overhead very lean and mean - - these people do NOT have cushy offices or spend money on comforts for the staff, and all the resources that they get are directed at helping get the word out to prevent the spread of HIV and to try to contain this epidemic among the most vulnerable in their community. Each time I work with them, I always enjoy the fact that our company is getting to help the community in a small way. I'm glad they exist and they are worthy of your support! The spread of HIV/AIDS is very tragic because it is ultimately very preventable if there is education to the at risk population. And that's really the mission I see the staff here focused on every day.
CEG has a dedicated and non-judgemental staff of individuals from the community in which they work. Thier passion and compassion show in everything they do-I recently facilitated groups at CEG for women and was impressed how the staff catered to the women's needs and provided a safe space for the empowerment groups weekly! Go CEG!!
Hat's off and Kudos to CEG! It has been my priviledge to work with this organization to help give back to the community. I have been inspired to develop my housing program further by seeing theresults of the programs offered by CEG. I am inspired by the committment of the staff and CEO, A. Toni Young, to continue to work towards developing more programmming to help the young, infirmed and disenfranchized in the District of columbia. Keep up the good work!!