When you are looking for resources to help your girls succeed, finding the right resources can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. This can be especially challenging when you are not sure where to look. This organization regularly creates opportunities for parents to connect with the right community, business, and government leaders. From college and career planning to housing and financial planning - they consider the whole family. From the perspective of a volunteer, this is a great place to share your time and talents.
I am new to Diamond in the Rough with this being my daughters first year. If you see the picture of her on her first day you would see that she was not excited AT ALL to be a apart of the organization. However, by the end of that first day her whole attitude changed. She now looks forward to every Saturday session with her new friends. Not only does my daughter love DITR, but as a parent I am impressed with the resources they provide to us. We just recently had a parent resource fair and they gathered a wealth of resources that are available to help not only members of DITR but also other families in the community. I am so happy that I did not hesitate to register my daughter with this organization because I already love what it has provided my family.
In speaking with Audra, I was immediately captivated by her passion for equipping our girls with the empowerment to BE DYNAMIC! Audra spoke in a way that was not only engaging but also endearing – it was made very clear to me that DITR is the program for my daughter. I walked away from our interaction feeling empowered myself – to know the DITR program is all about creating awareness and investing in our girls so they can be their best selves reminded me of my requirement not only as a mom but also as a corporate professional to support the work being done by innovators such as yourself/ your team.
Audra McDaniel was exceptional in her willingness to assist and inform and I want to echo what I am certain you have heard before, DITR has a powerful yet compassionate voice representing their brand!
DITR under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Steele is a phenomenal organization serving Gwinnett county's beautiful daughters, ages ranging from 4 to 18 yrs . This is my daughter's and I first year participating, (her in DIDs and I as a volunteer). The programs are well thought out and executed by seasoned and new volunteers, all with servant hearts. It's a great vessel to partner with as a parent or a professional. Congratulations on serving the community and it's daughters 15 years!!!
My daughter Amari J. has been a member of DITR for 9 years. I have seen her growth. I'm greatful to Dr. Nicole and her wonderful staff. Their dedication to the young ladies is amazing. They are truly empowering and transforming one young lady at a time. I highly recommend this organization!
As a new excited volunteer, I am extremely motivated by all the programs DITR offers young women. This experience has been a blessing!
Diamonds in the Rough is a wonderful organization that empowers our young black girls to work together, build their self- esteem and confidence to know that they can achieve anything!
DITR has made a positive impact in my daughter's life by offering a medium in which she can interact with other young ladies her age as well as with a group of positive women who reconfirms her self worth, helps her to develop her leadership skills, and provides resources to help her with her academic and career goals. This organization also allows for her to ask the tough questions regardless of whether the question relates to academics, sexuality, sex, ,and other issues and questions that teenagers experience.
Diamond in the rough is one of the best organizations around to assist young ladies in their growth and wellbeing. D.I.T.R. has done wonders for my daughter.
This is our first year with Diamonds In The Rough and so far I have been very pleased with the program! The mentors have had such a positive and loving influence on my daughter and she truly enjoys each session she attends. The emphasis on building leadership skills, self confidence and self empowerment particularly for girls of color is evident throughout every facet of the organization and is so important. So happy my daughter had an opportunity to be apart of the program!
Diamond In The Rough is a magnificent youth development program that is revolutionizing the lives of young girls (ages 4 to 18) in order to help build their self-esteem, character and leadership skills. Further, Dr. Steele and her team of leaders, mentors, and volunteers are extremely passionate about empowering, educating, developing, guiding, advising, bonding and providing support to each girl to help them develop, grow, reach their goals and succeed in life. Furthermore, the girls within the organization receive emotional support, learn valuable life lessons, receive lots of hugs, compliments and words of encouragement to build their confidence. Diamond In The Rough is a phenomenal organization that is making a mark in the community, developing the next generation of leaders, providing a platform for girls to shine, making impartations, helping girls to fulfill their dreams and transforming the world one child…one family…one community at a time.
Diamond In The Rough Youth Development, Incorporated is a phenomenal organization that has changed my life as well as my daughter's life. My daughter has blossomed in the cluster mentoring program for the past 8 years, progressed in the area of self-esteem and has developed into an awesome leader in the community as a result of the training offered in the C.O.R.E. Leadership Program, Priceless Peer Leadership Program and Diamond University Leadership Academy. In addition, my daughter has been exposed to awesome speakers, informative workshops, community service projects, educational fieldtrips and participated in various programs and college tours.
Further, the Executive Director, Nicole Steele is an awesome visionary, gifted curriculum writer and has a heart to educate, empower, train and transform the lives of young girls by getting them to understand their self-worth and value. Furthermore, the staff, mentors and volunteers are very caring, compassionate, driven and passionate about mentoring young girls. The Mentors also enjoy educating, supporting and helping families build healthy relationships.
Finally, being a part of Diamond In The Rough is like meeting an instant family that epitomizes the statement "It takes a village to raise a child." I would highly recommend this organization because they truly live up to their slogan which is "Transforming the world one child...one family...one community at a time."
I am volunteer now , but i was actually a “gem” of this wonderful program when I was in high school. A “gem” is a young lady who takes part in the program as a mentee. I was so impacted by the program that I decided to come back & volunteer. No matter what side I am on I am always learning & improving. I feel like without his program I wouldn’t have realized the poteinal I have nor would I be trying to use it for anything. I am just thankful to have been a part of an organization that you can actually see & feel the love when you walk in.
DITR is such a positive impactful organization. Everytime I attend a function I get goose bumps from all the love, inspiring stories and the positive role models the mentors the youth. I always say wow I wish they were around when I was growing up.
Diamond In the Rough is an amazing program! My daughter and I will always be apart of this family!! DITR provides spiritual, psychological, educational and financial support to parents and children. I love you all!!!
Dr. Jillian Whatley, NCSP
This program is an amazing resource for the development of young girls! I am so glad our family found out about this nonprofit!
For years, DITR has nurtured young girls in leadership and careers. I've been there from the beginning and so proud of the work they continue to do.
DITR is an AMAZING organization for young girls, parents and the community! From camps to conferences to coaching and creative curriculum, this is the program for your girl. You won't be sorry you enrolled, but you will be sorry if you don't. :)
Diamonds in the Rough is a great organization within our community. The organization instills girls to know who they are, their worth, value of giving back to the community and helping others, and reaching their highest potential. Keep up the great work!
I have been a volunteer with DITR for 12 years. Serving in DITR along side Dr. Nicole has been and continues to be one of my best decisions. My daughters are also in the Diamonds in Development program for girls 4-8 yrs old. DITR believes our girls are never too young to learn their value, set goals, impact their community and become leaders!
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!
Diamonds in the Rough is an organization that really focuses on developing academic, life and professional skills that girls, particularly those of color, need to be successful. My two girls joined this year, and absolutely love it! The coaches brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization, and Dr. Steele's leadership is intentional and her vision contagious. We are truly blessed to have an organization like this available to girls in our community.
Hands Down ... Diamond In The Rough Is The Best Mentoring Program Ever!!! My wife is a long volunteer and I continually see lives being changed because of this Program!
This is our first year with Diamonds in the Rough and so far our experience has been amazing. My daughter is home schooled so I signed her up so that she can have another outlet for social activities. I’ve already seen a difference in her level of enthusiasm.
Diamond in the rough continues to grow and flourish with girls and the community. They are truly inspiring the girls to be positive leaders of the future. As DITR reaches its 15 anniversary, I'm excited to see what God is going to do for the next 15 years. Only excellence for and from the best mentoring program.
This organization is great for girls who aspire to be great leaders!
I have participated and seen the work of Diamond in the Rough. It's a wonderful organization that mentors young girls that grow into amazing young women. I would like to thank everyone for your continued efforts and dedication and shaping the lives of our children!
This is an organization that has impacted my daughters lives significantly. Diamond in the Rough develops young ladies educationally, spiritually, emotionally, with their career exposure, community outreach involvement and so much more. I recommend this organization to every person I know who has daughters.
This program is an exceptional program for young girls. This program does great community work by donating to those in need. This program also helps parents by offering different family oriented workshops. I absolutely love it!!
I have been associated with this amazing program for 9 years mow! This program has truly helped me become the young lady i am today! The mentoring has kept me grounded and allowed me to stay on the right path through my high school years! They are so committed to ensuring that each child reaches they’re level of success! I wouldn’t be the caring leader I am today if it wasn’t for Diamond in the Rough!
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!
This organization provides so many opportunities for families to engage on a consistent basis. We offer a FREE Parent Workshop held on the 1st Saturday of each month (open to the community). We host an annual Dare to Dream College & Career Summit which was recently held on Emory campus in October 2018. This Summit provided workshops and panels for parents & girls to obtain information and resources for post-secondary education for middle & high school aged girls. Our group mentoring has impacted so many lives over the past 15 years. The organization is growing into other counties within Georgia by partnering with middle and high school administrators to incorporate after school group mentoring sessions for girls. We also offer college preparation in-person & virtual monthly workshops while maintaining multi-faceted events and opportunities to engage our community. We are growing and enjoying the impact we are making in each girls' lives. Please visit our website or email us for more information!
Diamond in the Rough is a gem in our community for our daughter’s. It provides a platform to build future leaders, advocates, and independent thinker’s. My daughter enjoys the socialization that the Diamonds in development team provides. The character building skills and other development aspects she is learning is priceless and it reinforces what my husband and I teach at home in a safe and positive environment. Thank you Dr. Nicole for all that you do for the Diamond community !
Diamond in the Rough Youth Development, Inc. is an exceptional nonprofit organization under the direction of Dr. Nicole Steele and her amazing leadership team. From the moment I joined as a volunteer, I was blown away by the spirit of excellence this organization exudes. DITR is intentional about thinking outside the box and coming up with creative ways to reach the youth. Each event is planned with precision and executed beautifully to ensure each girl and each parent benefits from the resources made available. I have such respect and admiration for Dr. Nicole and I salute her for being the face of an organization that has helped so many girls take on life with confidence and determination. DITR has been and will continue to be a beacon of light in our community that reminds girls that they are unapologetically fierce, fabulous, and favored!
Diamond in the Rough is a structured empowering program that allows our youth to identify with who they are and how to get to the next desired level. The program provides tools to assist in day to day life experiences and navigating through uncomfortable scenarios in school life and home life. I'm extremely proud to have my daughter in a program that positively extends her values and reinforces the things I'm teaching from a parent perspective.
This organization is wonderful.My daughter has been a part of DITR for 10 years and during that time her self confidence has grown and gained leadership skills as a result of her mentors and the program. They have an excellent college and careeer program and provide monthly village workshops on various topics are invaluable. The mentors truly care about the girls and bring out the best in them.
My daughter grew as a LEADER this program! The mentors are so genuine and supportive. It's a great place for young girls!
I can't get enough of this organization!!! I have been a mentor with Diamond In The Rough for the past 10 years and I love seeing and making a difference with the young ladies I come in contact with. At DITR we aren't just a mentoring program, but a family!!! Our mission continues to stand strong ... Transforming the world...one child, one family, one community at a time.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Three words to describe the Diamond in the Rough experience: Inspiring, Beautiful & Amazing.
The Goodloe Family
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Diamond In The Rough has been an amazing blessing to me and my family. A wonderful organization.
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.
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!