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Diamond in the Rough Youth Development Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs

Mission: Diamond In The Rough (DITR), is an award winning, faith-based, non-denominational, youth development and leadership program dedicated to "Transforming the world . . . One child, one family, one community at a time". DITR offers a variety of preventative programs and enrichment activities designed to build self-esteem, character, and leadership among girls of all ages. Visit our website at www.ditr.org to learn more.

Results: Diamond In The Rough has successfully served over 4,000 youth and families since our inception in 2004. Working in collaboration with local schools, churches and organizations, it is our goal to provide programs and services to girls around the globe.

Target demographics: Girls ages 4-18 and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 youth

Geographic areas served: metro Atlanta

Programs: Group mentoring, leadership training, career training & family enrichment activities.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of Diamond In The Rough for about 10 years now as a Team Leader for the Princess Cluster (grades 4th & 5th). As I volunteer in different capacities and mentor girls on a daily bases, I have grown up within the program myself. I started out as a single young lady, shy and nervous. And now I am married, have a 3 year old son, I stand bold, brilliantly and beautiful as a WOMAN!!! I THANK God and Dr. Nicole Steele for the creation of this AMAZING organization because I am a product of the faithfulness, determination, and mission of the organization ... "Transforming the world ... One child, one family, one community at a time". #ILoveDITR!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! The day does not have enough hours available for me to talk about DITR. The Leadership, volunteers and mentees are awesome. Everytime i hear the typical saying that "Women/Girls can NOT get along. I have great joy stating that , I know of an organization that defeats that stereotype and that organization is Diamond In the Rough. I am so honored to be apart of such an outstanding group that I can call each individual my sistersfriends in love & Christ.

Anamaria

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been apart of DITR since 6th grade and I am currently in the 11th grade. When I first joined I was so over the place, my attitude was horrible and I just wasn’t myself. Diamond in the Rough is like another family to me. Dr. Nicole & Mrs. Audra show so much love to all the girls in the program and you can see they are happy to wake up early in the morning and be at the church every Saturday to pour into our lives. Last year I was accepted into CORE. I had so much fun planning community service projects & etc with my DITR sisters. I went out my comfort zone and ran for VP of Special Events. I was given the opportunity to represent DITR as VP of Special Events the year of 2016-2017 and now 2018-2019. I am so blessed I am the young lady I am today. If it wasn’t for my mom or DITR I don’t know where I would be today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started in Diamond in the Rough in the 3rd grade! Ever since I enrolled in Diamond in the Rough I have continued to go back! I grew up with 4 other siblings and lived in a single parent household. In elementary and middle school I was bullied because I was different! I wasn’t your average girl I was tall and I didn’t have hair like everyone else! This caused my confidence to lack. Diamond in the Rough gave me advice and the help I needed to know that I was still beautiful no matter how I was! There were several girls in my grade experienced the same issues. I was able to relate to them and we grew close like family! We even call each other sisters. Diamond in the Rough gave me life essentials that I will never forget! My leadership qualities have grown and continue to prosper! They continue to show me how a leader is supposed to act! Diamond in the Rough isn’t just a organization to me that is my family! Diamond in the Rough gave me mentours that check on me and treat me as their own outside of their weekly Saturday sessions. They have even attended several of my events I have had! They have watched me grow up and prosper and become who I am today! It’s crazy how I went from the 3rd grade girl that was oh so shy and insecure to being the President of The Core Leadership Program at Diamond in the Rough!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Diamond in the Rough has helped me in so many ways. I have a greater understanding of what being a powerful female leader is and also the worth of my mind and heart. Being in this organization has changed my life and helped me talk through issues, while stregthening my relationship with God and myself. Definitely glad to be apart of such a great mentoring program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Three words to describe the Diamond in the Rough experience: Inspiring, Beautiful & Amazing.

Sincerely,

The Goodloe Family

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Founder /Executive Director , Nicole Steele and the entire Diamond In The Rough Family are a true blessing. So many lives have been impacted by the valuable resources offered through the mentoring program. May God continue to shower unexpected blessings to the wonderful leader , dynamic staff, parents, students & volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Diamond In The Rough 10 years ago. I had no idea i would still be a part of a wonderful organization. I am a lead facilitator for the 11/12 grade girls. Diamond In the Rough is a big family. We support each other as well as the families that send their girls to us to be mentored. It is a well structured organization that meets the needs of the girls by guiding them on how to make better decisions, being good leaders and citizens in their communities. We also talk about what the girls are facing on a daily basis. We are a faith based girls mentoring program. Nicole Steele the CEO and founder of the program is an excellent visionary and leader. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of Diamond In The Rough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Diamond in the Rough (DITR) over 5 years now and can honestly say that I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing organization! Over the years, I've seen so many "girls" become respectful, secure, "young ladies". Kudos to Nicole Steele (DITR's founder) for creating such a needed organization in the Gwinnett County area!

Kimberley6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My university requires that I participate in a social or human service agency to complete my degree program. As I searched for the best agency or organization to partner with, I found Diamond in the Rough. My initial interview with its director, Nicole Steele was more than pleasant, it was refreshing. The passion and commitment she and her staff have for this community's young ladies and their families is extraordinary. They spend many hours planning and strategizing for events, workshops, symposiums, and retreats geared towards the betterment of its participants and their parents. The love and passion in the room during the events is almost palpable. With each event I attend and volunteer, I find myself encouraged and gratified. Under the mentorship of Nicole Steele, hundreds of young women have learned what it is to not only love themselves, but recognize that they have a future. A bright and prosperous future. I am very happy to be a part of such a progressive, yet humble organization that prides themselves in loving, directing and shaping young ladies into future leaders, future educators and determined women. Upon my completion of my volunteering position, I am sure to remain a volunteer and hope to become a staff member. Yeah, this organization is "just" that awesome, better yet, blessed.

Kimberley L. Wharton

Lucretia

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is involved and a very active part of this organization and she has blossomed and come into her most knowledgeable and resourceful self because of the dedicated women of this organization, leading the pack is Nicole Steele. They have been an integral part of shaping who she is becoming. They love, they encourage, they share, they listen, they guide, they include, they help these young ladies be their very best self under all circumstances they will encounter in their lives. they also make sure that the parents of these young lades are aware and included in the work that is being done with their precious gems! This organization puts the very best in front of these ladies so they know that the sky is the limit for them in whatever they want to do in their futures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond In The Rough is a dynamic organization that helps girls of all ages and ethnic backgrounds in dealing with all type of issues and problems by having them talk about whatever is on their minds. they have deeply helped my daughter and for this I am eternally grateful! I have not been able to volunteer as I would have liked this year due to a multitude of issues but I certainly plan to do a much better job next year. They are a warm and welcoming group of women, lead by Nicole Steele, who open their arms and hearts and make everything else that is wrong in your life melt away! Thanks ladies and may God continue to bless where ever the soles of your feet may trod!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for over 6 years with such an outstanding organization has been a rewarding experience. The team of ladies that I work with on a monthly basis are the most positive, most genuine, and most uplifting group of ladies that I have ever worked with. The girls who are a part of the organization benefit greatly from the awesome women who they engage with weekly. This organization provides the girls with love, support, understanding, reassurance, goal setting, long term planning, and a bright outlook on life. This organization is second to none and they serve the community with pride and they do a good job. Give them a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for several years and now being a current board member of Diamond in the Rough (DITR) has been a true blessing in my life. My life is forever changed due to my participation with DITR and working closely with the founder and visionary of this dynamic organization. The community and the girls that DITR serve week after week year after year is forever changed for the better. I love working with young girls and women helping them to discover their self-worth and their gifts. DITR is very organized, compassionate, professional, and dedicated to enhancing and changing lives of women and young girls. I could go on and on about how awesome DITR is and will continue to be. If you are ever in the Snellville, GA area and want to see how empowering this organization is, stop by and visit and get a real life experience of lives being changed for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for 9 years. It has truly been a blessing for me to be able to take part in the different events offered each year. I am a volunteer as well as my daughter has participated as a jewel for 9 years. The director of the program, Nicole Steele is such a motivator for all of the girls and the volunteers. She is dedicated, committed, and an inspiration to all of us. She lives and models the mission and vision of Diamond In The Rough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a first timer volunteer of Diamond in the Rough. Our goal is to help mentor and teach life skills to young girls. As a volunteer, I am gaining experience alongside with women who truly enjoy the work of mentoring and providing support to young girls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond In The Rough is an awesome Faith-based organization. Not only does it help develop skills and knowledge for the youth it also creates a safe environment for them. Allowing them to open up and really see themselves how God sees them. This is also a great place for sisterhood bonding. I am happy to be a part of this organization and I look forward to seeing this program expand nationwide!

2 Chrystol N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Diamond is the Rough is wonderful organization! As a volunteer, I feel appreciated, empowered and valued. As a parent of Diamond in development, I appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into the monthly programs for my girls.As a board member, I am motivated to do all I can to make sure this organization thrives and serves many many more familes. This organization is full of love and deserves to be the top rated nonprofit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does an amazing job mentoring young ladies as well as supporting the whole family. My daughter has been part of DITR for eight years and I have seen her personal growth and leadership skills blossom due to mentoring and support from these wondeful ladies.

2 Melissa328

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond In The Rough has been an amazing blessing to me and my family. A wonderful organization.

3 Jenai W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former DITR mentee and current volunteer, I have the pleasure of watching young ladies transform into intelligent & confident leaders thanks to the work of Diamond in the Rough. The intentional programs shape young girls into productive women & help build strong relationships in the lives of every girl apart of Diamond in the Rough. I would not have the confidence & half of my accomplishments to date had it not been for my involvement in DITR.

2 Wilkes3m

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond in the Rough has been an inspiration to me, a blessing to my daughter and life-changing for many girls in the community. We have been a part of DITR for three years and plan to continue until God tells us different. This organization operates in excellence and is rooted and grounded in faith and love. It is helping my daughter blossom into a leader and understand that she has a voice, is priceless and can make a difference in her peers lives as well as others. As a parent volunteer, Diamond in the Rough's mission statement is equivalent to my life's mission to transform one child, family and community for the positive. So I don't see me or my family being any other place than DITR, They are our village that it takes to raise a child!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience, worth all the effort I put forth.