Diamond in the Rough is a powerful and wonderful organization that promotes self love, GOD, strength as sisters and individuals, self esteem, guidance and self worth to our young women of Gwinnett. We need an organization like this for our youth and I'm so blessed to be a part of it!
I am in year 12 of being a Mentor with this AMAZING organization!!! I love the IMPACT and GROWTH we continue to have on each child we come in contact with. During these uncertain times, Diamond In The Rough is needed more than ever to ensure our Gems are still loved, encouraged, and we are here for them no matter the situation. Although we are meeting virtually currently, our values remain the same!!!
I have been apart or DITR, and it has changed my life. The program is amazing and the mentors really care. Even Mrs. Nicole gets really personal and tried to know each girls name. Great program.
Diamond In The Rough is an amazing organization. Their vision serves a purpose that all young ladies need to grow and develop. They are such innovators in the community. They are spot on each year keeping up with the various trends and challenges girls face. DITR goes above and beyond by implementing topics and activities that are intriguing.
I have had the honor of working with this program for 12 years as a high school mentor. I look forward to brainstorming with my fellow mentors, our fearless Director and seeing our girls each and every Saturday. It is more like a family not just an organization. We are transforming lives every day and I am proud to say I am apart of the process.
Diamond in the Rough is proving to be a great outlet for our girls in regards to their future decisions, choices, careers and positive endeavors they seek as goals and challenges.
This is my 10th year as a mentee in this program and every year, Dr. Nicole and the mentors show up and show out!! Always creating new initiatives for bettering the community (locally AND globally), excellent engagement with the girls of every age; highly recommend!
A hidden gem serving Gwinnett and the surrounding areas. I stumbled across DITR over 12 years ago not knowing it was the beginning of a life long partnership. I began as a volunteer for a few years and both of my daughters have been members of DIDs and DITR cluster. DITR has shaped, molded and enhanced my daughters' lives. We are forever grateful to Dr. Nicole, all of the volunteers and families that we have bonded with over the years.
Diamond In the Rough is an amazing program for girls like me to become comfortable with my sisters and as an outlet. I highly recommend this amazing program
This is my daughter's 2nd year in DITR. This program is helping her open up around other girls her age. She is learning to love herself and be a positive young lady. I Thank DITR for this.
I have been a mentor with Diamond In The Rough since 2010 and can frankly say it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made to date!
The impact this organization has made has not only transformed the lives of the you g ladies we serve but it has also transformed my life.
Dr. Steele has done an outstanding job shifting to a virtual platform this term and sessions are able to run just as effortlessly.
It is wonderful to witness this organization transforming the world one community, one child at a time!
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!
DITR came into the Dekalb County neighborhood as a Chapter at Chapel Hill Middle School. It was indeed a positive influence and outlet for many of our girls who lack self-confidence. Additionally, as a community member, I can see the dedication and need first hand.
The Diamond in the Rough Youth Development program (DITR) has truly been a gift from God for me as a single parent and for my only daughter Justine. My daughter is learning leadership skills and the necessary soft skills to become an excellent communicator. The ladies in this program have been unbelievably supportive, professional, kind, and operate with the highest integrity. I can see so much growth and confidence in my daughter. I am so excited to see this program grow into everything God wants it to be. DITR has really made a difference in our lives. Thank You, Dr. Nicole, Ms. Audra, Ms. Anna Maria, and the many strong leaders over the years that have molded Justine into the wonderful young lady she is.
Diamond in the Rough is a very thorough and well organized program that is motivational and spiritually uplifting for the girls. This year is my first as a mentor and I am truly loving the experience I have with my fellow mentors and the girls. This is my daughter's second year in the program as a mentee and when I saw how the program exposed her to positive content that can stick with her throughout her life, I knew I wanted to be a part of the program myself as a mentor. I do not regret my decision and I am happy to be able to help provide a safe space for the girls to open up and share their stories and help mentor them into wonderful beautiful young women.
I love everything about diamond in the rough, the way family is brought together, the sisterhood. When I met Dr Nicole and Audra McDanial , I realized that this organization was one that I wanted to serve in , the integrity of this organization is without question, outstanding
I have had the honor of working with this organization for 16 years. It is an Amazing organization. It has been a Blessing to watch the impact of this organization on young girls (mine included) , families and the community.
The organization has grown a lot since the beginning. I have been and continue to be impressed with how well the organization operates. With the challenges related to Covid,
DITR has continued to be able to impact the lives of others and do it with the same class, professionalism and compassion.
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.
This is my first year as a mentor with DITR. Starting with the orientation and Mentor training, I knew I was going to enjoy my time and volunteer efforts with the girls and my fellow mentors. This program is so well organized and intentional. I've been a mentor in other programs for young ladies when I was teacher, and in one of the previous programs, I had to pretty much revamped the program to provide more purpose and activities for the girls. The DITR format for me by far surpassed my expectations. The program is extremely well thought out to meet the information for life needs of the girls and modernized keep them excited. The mentors are genuinely invested in the success and growth of the girls, and leaders ensures the mission of DITR is met and materialized. After joining DITR, I've met a few mentors who have been with DITR for over a decade; Ive met young ladies who were mentored and now are mentors, and I believe I've joined an organization where I can make a difference in the lives of young ladies for years to come and also build life long friendships
This organization has affected my life in so many ways I would have never imagined. I started at Diamond In The Rough in this grade. I had no confidence or self-love and felt like I had no support. While in DITR( Diamond in the Rough) I realized that I can't look for happiness in others and relationships. I needed to find the greatness within myself and stop caring about other's opinions. Now I'm in the tenth grade and see my true potential in this world is endless. I don't need to surround myself with people all the time to be happy. I'm perfectly fine with being alone sometimes and since then, I have had more positive people come into my life.
My daughter, Mariah & I are grateful for the relationship we developed with Diamond in The Rough Family. We are also thankful for the valuable services and support offered by the entire Diamond in the Rough Team. Thank you Dr. Nicole Steele and your amazing team for all that you do to empower the community.
Kimberly & Mariah Goodloe
This amazing organization is such a beautiful treasure for girls ages 4-18. I've been volunteering with this organization for nearly 11 years. Every single experience is "Jesus Class" and so thoughtfully designed. Each young lady that I have seen come into this organization comes out differently and more confident in who she is. As a volunteer, I feel empowered and inspired by all the women that have given their time to pour into the lives of these beautiful girls. If you're looking to volunteer or a place for your daughter to be loved and provided the life skills that she needs to be a confident young woman, look no further!
Diamond in the Rough has been a blessing to me and to so many young girls. I love the heart and passion that this organization demonstrates through all of their programs. I so wish this was around when I was a young girl.
I have been a volunteer with DITR for 14 years. My daughters have been in Diamonds in Development and Clusters program for 4 years. I am so proud to serve and be served by this organization. When my daughters had their first day as a Gem, I cried. I cried tears of joy because I knew rhe kind of the love they were going to experience. Diamond in the Rough is transforming the world by empowerin girls AND women to their best selves. I've grown and developed personally, professionally and spiritually because of my time in DITR. I am forever grateful for this organization. I'm honored to serve along side all of the other phenomenal women we call JEWELS.
I have been a volunteer with Diamond in the rough for 9 years. This organization is wonderful. We empower girls through PINK, preparation, inspiration, nurturing and knowledge.
Diamond in the Rough is a great experience. This year is my first year of Diamond in the Rough it has been amazing. I remember the first day of diamond in the rough, I was so scared and kind of uncomfortable. Then we talked and got into our grade groups and I have been comfortable ever since then. I feel like Diamond in the Rough is a great way to build self confidence.
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 has been instrumental in keeping my daughters and I ahead of the game in the way of planning and preparing them for brilliant futures. I’m so extremely grateful for this program and the information shared. The opportunities made available to the girls is invaluable.
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.