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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

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Charolette H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DITR under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Smith 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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I get to see first hand the dedication to helping girls achieve their full potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new excited volunteer, I am extremely motivated by all the programs DITR offers young women. This experience has been a blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

AMac

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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."


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great problem!!! I would recommend this to program to all parents and fathers with daughters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

She J S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jillian K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is an amazing resource for the development of young girls! I am so glad our family found out about this nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. :)

Lakitta H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization to help young ladies become great women

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Chrystol N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.