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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I enrolled my daughter in DITR in the beginning of highschool. My only child (daughter ) had been dealing with so many things. It was borderline teen depression. When we found this organization they were so open, friendly and easy to talk to. I no longer felt alone in this. As I sat in the monthly parent meetings and listened to the story of other parents I began to relate. I found so many answers to unanswered questions that I had been carrying around. My daughter is now a freshman in college. She is doing great. She volunteers in church and mentors to the youth. DITR played a BIG role in her life. They may have saved her life. We were definitely at a cross roads when we found DITR. I highly recommend these God fearing sisters. They do this from the heart! I pray God continues to bless this movement and orginization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DITR is an amazing organization which makes such a difference in the lives of not only the girls but also the parents and mentors themselves. It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without organizations such as Diamond in the Rough. The ripples that are being sent forth will be felt for generations to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is like no other. The positive resources that are poured into the young ladies are immeasurable. My 9th grade daughter, who has been a part of the program since 3rd grade has already expressed how she will return as a mentor. I loved DITR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DITR is an awesome organization for the youth as well as working as a volunteer. They provide excellent programs year round and for special occasions. They are always organized and makes every event a joy work for. If anyone is looking for a great experience for their girls Diamond in the Rough Mentoring Program is the best! And I personally is honored to serve with my daughter who is a cluster leader in the Dream Team and has received the Bronze National Volunteer Award under President Obama. Its our honor to serve under the leadership of Dr. Steele.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DITR is a beautiful organization. The intentions and character of the volunteers are exceptional. The young women AND parents receive quality service and information. I am honored to be a volunteer and a part of the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Diamond in the Rough, a mentoring program for young ladies ages 4-18. The mentors very clearly love the girls, and each other. Every mentor and volunteer helps the girls, parents, and each other grow spiritually and mentally through various programs and special events. Diamond in the Rough has operated for 14 years in the Gwinnett County area. There are many volunteers who have been with Dr. Nicole Steele all those years. Others, like me, just started. But, it doesn't matter how long you have been with them, they love and welcome you like an old friend. This same love and acceptance is shown to the mentees. Dr. Steele is obviously quite passionate about what she does, and so are all the other women involved. I couldn't have chosen a better place to volunteer.

Denise B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DITR is an amazing organization. I started volunteering with them while taking care of my Mom as her Caregiver. I lost my Mom Feb 20, 2017 a few weeks after I started volunteering with DITR.

Finding out about this program has been a life saver for me. While the girls were learning so was I. It helped build me up when I was sinking.

The young ladies also support one another. It's the most beautiful thing to see. I have never seen anything like this program. It's a win win situation for everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Diamond in the Rough since 2010 and cannot think of anything but wonderful things to say about this organization. Dr. Nicole Steele has done a phenomenal job at providing tools, resources, and guidance to young women and mentors alike. It has been a pleasure being a part of such a remarkable organization and I look forward to many years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with DITR for almost three years! The organization is very well run, providing positive, enriching and life-changing experiences for the girls it serves, as well as the adult volunteers. Nothing but positive accolades for Dr Nicole Steele, leadership team and the other volunteers!!!!

yallen32000

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience has been as a volunteer and committee member. I enjoy working with Dr. Steele and the other staff members. The young ladies that are a part of the program are growing and maturing because of the awesome mentor volunteers and the wonderful relationships that they are building with each other. I love this organization!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Diamond in the Rough is a top notched and award winning youth development program for girls. Not only does this organization provide mentoring to young girls, it also provides opportunities to the entire community. Weekly mentoring sessions, Parent Workshops, Webinars and Workshops focused on College and Career Planning, Abstinence and Leadership are just a few of the tools this organization has used to transform families, communities and the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Makes a difference in the community and in the lives of girls. I have also in the last few years become a Client as well....the growth I have experienced with my daughter and her level of confidence and leadership skills is priceless.

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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