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Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Sadie Nash Leadership Project promotes leadership and activism among young women. The program is designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their world. By increasing the participation of women in social, political, and economic decision-making, SNLP seeks to question and redefine the nature of leadership and to promote perspectives and practices that are cooperative, accountable, ethical, and effective.

Target demographics: We serve low-income young women, ages 14-22, from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Newark, NJ.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 low-income young women each year from across New York City and in Newark, NJ.

Geographic areas served: All 5 boroughs of New York City and Newark, NJ.

Programs: Summer/cap - six week rigorous leadership development program at the new school in nyc and rutgers in newark nj in which young women are introduced to snlp through college-level courses, women role models, workshops and trips. The program includes ready s. E. T. Go! Which is an advanced second summer 4-week program to analyze in-depth case studies of social justice movements and build skills to execute a modest organizing project. The program also includes community action placement (cap) which offers hands-on, paid internship opportunities 2-4 hours a week for approximately first year graduates of the summer institute at community based organizations

leadership institute - intensive after-school classes offered onsite at our offices in nyc and newark focusing on sisterhood, activism, and college access

partnership program - classes to young women onsite at schools and social service agencies by invitation from the host site serving more marginalized populations of young women, including those who are pregnant or parenting, english language learners, and/or at risk of dropping out of high school.

ella (engage, learn, lead, act) fellowship - provides 14 fellows (ages 16-22) with intensive training to design individual projects in their community. They receive individual and group supervision, a generous monthly stipend, and a project allowance for this competitive opportunity

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38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Simply the best!

I sing their praises every year as I have watched the young women in action discussing issues with Coach Springer of Rutgers, Speaker Christine Quinn of the NYC Council, Tina Fey at the 10th anniversary fund raiser and at guest breakfasts during summer session. I have also housed a young Summer Institute dean and seen how the program impacted her and her continuing interest in her "girls" and other deans a year later.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project just goes from strength to strength. The NYC projects are thriving as is Newark NJ. The young women who go through this experience largely go on to good colleges and beyond, the majority becoming professionals, and they tend to stay involved in social justice causes. Many come back to Sadie Nash to teach or be a Summer Institute Dean. The bonds they form while there endure, creating a real network of strong women to help each other in ongoing ways for the long term. This is not just summer camp, this is life changing.

Long resistant to growing faster than than they can assure the quality of their programs, yet consistently asked to bring Sadie Nash to venues around the country, Cecelia and her team are now developing a model to train people in other cities in their methods. This will allow for independent sister programs around the country that are tailored to each city's specific areas of ethnic diversity and youth issues while not impacting the financial resources of the NYC area organization or the quality of its programs. The pilot for this out reach will probably be in Baltimore,

All this, and they still consistently waste the least amount of $ of any non profit out there. Check out the videos on young women who have graduated on their web site. You will be blown away.

Alida Morgan

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Donor

Rating: 5

The best way to see Sadie Nash in action is to visit their web site and spend a few minutes watching the short videos of a sample of the graduates from the last 10 years. This was the 10th anniversary and the accomplishments of the young women, their devotion to their Sadie Nash experience and ongoing sisterhood with girls from their workshops, their continuing commitment to activism and leadership speak to the important work Sadie Nash does and to the success of their model. I had the pleasure of hosting a young Dean this summer and saw her growth and her passion for instilling a sense of self empowerment and of social justice in the young women she worked with. She was typical of the extraordinary young women who train to work with inner city girls and launch them into the world as articulate. strong women who stand up for themselves and work to better their communities. All the girls were committed to college and a life of improving their communities. I went to several special days, including a morning where young women from the Summer intensive discussed all levels of problems facing women, poverty, race, education, health and economic and political opportunity with NY City Council speaker Christine Quinn. The girls more than held their own. The same was true at the annual Garden Party fundraiser with the girls interviewing Tina Fey, the guest of honor, about women's issues and excelling in a man's world.NOBODY does this work better, more efficiently, or with better results.Sadie Nash Leadership project deserves all of it's accolades and deserves wider recognition and fundraising opportunities. Alida Morgan

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Donor

Rating: 5

Far and away one of the best non-profits I have ever seen in action. It is visionary in concept, and hands-on in terms of results -- and what results! Sadie Nash Leadership Project transforms the lives and futures of girls, and empowers them to lead productive, rewarding lives ... taking them on a voyage of discovering, recognizing and developing their talents and potential. This is truly an exceptional organization, of great merit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SNLP is an extraordinary organization that truly invests itself in its clientele. Their programs provoke genuine thinking, awareness and evaluation, and promote individual achievement and success ... it is rare to find an organization that makes such a measurable and lasting difference not only to the lives it touches, but in turn empowers young women to contribute to the lives of the families and communities that surround them. This is a unique opportunity, that delivers a unique result.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am convinced that the day that LeeAnn Fletcher called my house to say that I got off of the Sadie Nash waiting list is among the most life-path-altering days of my life. The most important concept I learned at Sadie Nash was that of safe space. At first, the idea of creating a safe space with a group of teenagers who I had never met before seemed ludicrous. I expected to be confronted with drama and rivalries and the general chaos I’d seen on “reality” tv shows. But we all gave communal safe space a chance because deep down, despite our doubts of its existence, I think we all desperately wanted it to be real.

Our efforts certainly paid off. As the summer progressed, we came to realize that a safe space wasn't a place where there were no judgments or opposing opinions. Rather, in our safe place we
acknowledged that judging is inevitable but what was most important was how we acted once our opinions were formed.

We learned to challenge ideas rather that the people who held them.

We became conscious of the fact that respecting other people’s points of view is what allows us to stop surviving and start living.

We created a safe space.

Maggie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Sadie Nash as a dean in the summer of 2008 and I can without a doubt say that my experience there with those girls changed my life and like most volunteer work I got out of it much more than I put in. My experience there lead me to join the Peace Corps and find other ways to help people. Currently serving in the Peace Corps I am hosting a Girls Empowerment Camp in the middle of August...it is because of my work at Sadie Nash that I got selected to be a host.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash Leadership Project helped me find who I am and who I want to be. It sparked my interest and made me want to do more for my community. I can not begin to explain the feeling I gained from meeting so many diverse women from all walks of life and learn that we all share common issues, feelings, and so much more then society leads us to believe . I will never forget PIP (a core class in the program) were we discussed our flower of power and other major social issues. In the flower petals we put our race, religion, gender ,citizen status, sexual orientation and other things about ourselves . Each week we discuss a different petal and issue. Each week I realized who in society really had poweror an advantage just because they were born or choose to be a certain. I wanted this to change so did the other girls in my class. Over all Sadie Nash gave me hope that change is possible. I felt like I could be a leader and I'm not alone in my fight for social change . Sadie Nash was a program that I am thankful for being apart of and looking forward to going back to.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization really helps girls understand that they are lots more than just "what they look like" (which is the message our culture seems to send, as their most important quality). SNLP participants are confident, and able to act on that confidence in any number of settings. They are quite impressive!!

lc12088

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SNLP was probably one of the most formative experiences of my post-graduate life. As a Duke graduate with a degree in Women's Studies and Sociology and a passion for social change, finding this organization was truly a blessing! As a Dean I was responsible for the close supervision and mentoring of a small group of young women, supporting their growth directly during short sessions three days a week and indirectly throughout their time in the program. Additionally, I acted as a co-teacher for one of the core programmatic courses: Power, Identity and Privilege. I supported my faculty member in creating and executing innovative and engaging curriculum that challenged our students to critically examine inequalities that exist, and understand how we can be allies and/or speak from our experiences of oppression o fight for a better world. I learned as much as the participants that summer. Every young woman should have the opportunity to participate in a program like this one!

Jesse P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash does incredible work putting true feminism into action. It empowers young women to be leaders and make a difference in their communities. As a former teacher with the organization, I was impressed with the projects the "Nashers" took on successfully. Great work!

Donna W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started a non-profit in honor of the service by a philanthropist in my community named Thomas Colson Woody; T. Colson Woody was born and lived in Orange, New Jersey. He attended the Orange Public Schools and, except for his attendance at Virginia State College and New York University, he lived in Orange for his entire life. He was proprietor of the Woody Home for Services, a funeral home in Orange on Oakwood Avenue. Colson (as he was called), took over the funeral business started by his mother, Mary Colson Woody, whose business was located on Central Place. Mrs. Woody was the first female funeral director in the State of New Jersey.

Because the nature of the funeral business, Colson worked 24 hours a day, seven days per week (24/7) as a businessman in Orange, he contributed to a long list of causes. He even helped young businessmen studying for the mortuary business, helping them to set up businesses even if it meant competition. He was active in the Oakwood Branch of the YMCA, Boy Scouts, NAACP, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Additionally, he served on the Orange Planning Board and the Orange Board of Education.

He lived an exemplary life in Orange and this city is better for his having contributions to his life here.

The Mission of TCW is TCW is a non-profit organization based in Orange NJ. The TCW Orange Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing funding efforts that will enhance educational and community initiatives that best serve to improve the quality of life for the residents within the City of Orange Township, NJ.
The Foundation works to accomplish this mission in the following ways:
1. By supporting Community development efforts, which serve to enhance the quality of life for all residents;
2. By enhancing educational opportunities through the creation and/or funding of specific academic programs;
3. And by supporting the efforts of affiliate organizations seeking to build a strong and healthy Orange community

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash time and again finds exceptional people to work for them, and to lead the young women in deep self transformation. Parents of Sadie Nash participants are blown away by the growth they witness in their young women, as they develop their critical thinking and leadership skills. I also deeply respect and learn from Sadie Nash's holistic approach to social justice. I think it should be implemented in organizations across the country.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project is the best place on earth

Anna D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash Leadership Project has been a big part in opening me up to the world. They were unbias toward our merit, race, and sexual orientation. In fact, in the two summers I've spent in the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, I've met the most diverse group of young women. The workshops the project provides includes workshops that promote finding our inner-self/self esteem, ranging from DJing classes to Art. We also meet with phenomenal speakers every single week.

Not only does Sadie Nash have a famous summer program, but they also have classes that are held sporadically/routinely in the weekends for other general women's empowerment purposes.

Simone T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a nasher when I was 17, years old and never regretted any moment apart of this organizations. They have taught me leadership skills: how to be proficient, how to work with others from other ethnic groups and it has taught me about the world beyond what I thought I already knew. The summer program was a great experience!! Implementing ideas we(the nashers) wanted to inform others about and most importantly how to help others.
I believe one of my best acquirements of being in Sadie Nash is knowing how to give to others, building courage for myself, learning how to respect others from different backgrounds and how to make a difference in society.

Casey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash Leadership Project was one of the most incredible experiences I could have had in my life. The summer I spent with the Nashers as a Dean in the 2010 Summer Institute was one of the most powerful and inspirational opportunities I could have been given. Sadie Nash works to empower women, but in truly unconventional ways. Teaching young women that they are experts on their lives was one of the most incredible lessons I could have taken away from the Summer Institute. In retrospect, objectively thinking of the impact Sadie Nash has on young women is something to be proud of. This organization inspires women to make choices, be knowledgeable about the world, and advocate for justice for all people. Nothing I have experienced has ever had this type of impact on my social awareness of how to liberate people in my own community. Praise to Sadie Nash for being an incredible organization, with hard working women, and even greater results.

Miriam N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash is more than a non-profit organization for young women, it is a movement that is nourishing the women who will be leaders in all areas of society. I know this for a fact because in the 9 weeks I worked with them in Newark, NJ I learned more about what it means to be a leader than in any other job or school activity I had in college. It does an impeccable job of balancing theory with practicality. The young women were told they had value for their first time in their lives that was outside of academic and I think that is what makes this program successful.
If I could I would do it all over again.

Chitra A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP). I have had the opportunity to teach young women in their Brooklyn and Newark Summer Institutes and have been impressed by the consistency of their mission in all aspects of their work. They believe that young women are leaders and this belief pervades all of their activities. The Summer Institutes offer AMAZING coursework - like Theater of the Oppressed and the Poetry of Women Prisoners. Over a six-week period, I have borne witness to the transformation of young women - specifically, in terms of how they connect with social justice work and how they view themselves.

In addition, I love that SNLP is hyper-organized. I sometimes have experienced youth organizations be a little sloppy in their bookkeeping or administration. I find that SNLP is always on top of it which makes them a pleasure to work with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash delivers first-rate educational services to the young women in its constituency. The values they instill in individuals resonate with their families and communities. When I speak to young women who have been in the program I am always struck but their ability articulate their goals, and act on them. I am also impressed by their commitment to service and leadership.
On an institutional level the leadership of SNLP has built a tensile, achievement oriented organization, with a culture of honest self-assessment , and creative problem solving.

Donor

Rating: 5

Providing high level leadership training for young women to become
empowered in their home communities is a most basic idea that is not addressed often enough. Sadie Nash Leadership Project has had the
foresight to put together a program that supports this obvious approach.
High quality leaders within the organization who choose other high quality and passionate young women who are both the trainers and the
trainees. Young women must be guided in understanding how to recognize and develop their own self- worth and I think that mentoring
for leadership is the smartest route to take and Sadie Nash is taking it
far!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eight years ago I enrolled in the Sadie Nash Leadership Project summer program. Everyday my beliefs, prejudices and potential we brought to the forefront of conversation. Sadie Nash exposed me to powerful women from different walks of life and inspired me to embrace the power within myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My faith in the power, innovation, and beauty of feminist community-building can be fully credited to the Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP). The insightful leadership of the staff and board, the heart and humility of the teachers, plus the fierce brilliance of the students make SNLP a unique community for holistic empowerment.

During the summer Leadership Institute, for example, students engage in interactive classes that creatively synthesize knowledge(s), building collaborative and activist leadership skills, learning new channels of self-expression and communication etc. In addition, students meet social, political, intellectual and spiritual leaders on a weekly to discuss the meaning of positive change and personal growth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What I learned from SNLP is incredibly value, and has helped me understand my strengths as an immigrant woman of color. As a former ELLA fellow, a program dedicated to give young women a chance to lead a social justice project in communities they identify with, I started my project at one of the worst times in my life-- fresh out of college, away from home, etc. Through mentorship of the coordinators, as well as my peers, I came to understand the support system I had, and learned a great deal about grassroots organizing. To this day, I thank SNLP for the incredible year they gave me, and helped me realize the confidence within me.