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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Melissa328

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond In The Rough has been an amazing blessing to me and my family. A wonderful organization.

3 Jenai W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Wilkes3m

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience, worth all the effort I put forth.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Diamond In The Rough for several years. I am always amazed at the sincere care DITR not only takes for the girls but their parents as well. Helping to educate and empower them to be the best parents they can be as they educate and empower their girls to be the best they can be.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being in Diamond In The Rough since 4th grade and almost eight years, has taught me that I have a dream! Also, Diamond In The Rough helped me understand my self-worth, made me a better leader and helped me realize why it's important to make a change in the community. Although this year will be my last year in the program and I plan to make it the best year by leaving a huge legacy at Diamond In The Rough that will be talked about years from now.

Mrs. Nicole Steele is a great role model and one of the most hard-work people that I know. Her heart to help young girls build their self-esteem is endless. I thank God for giving her the vision to start such a wonderful program. The mentors are awesome, dedicated and have helped me over the years in a variety of areas. When I get older, I definitely will come back to let the girls know that they are worth something because that is what Diamond In The Rough taught me. My life has been transformed and empowered because of my experience at Diamond In The Rough. -Faith M.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that far exceeds the expectations the community places on them. The members that make up this organization are praying, professional and profound women. Anyone that is blessed to come in contact with or become a part of DITR is impacted in a positive manner.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamonds in a Rough is a great mentoring program for our young girls.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Diamond In The Rough Youth Development program for about 4 years.
I cannot begin to tell you how it has blessed me beyond my expectations. This organization has brought so
much awareness of what our young girls are facing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have seen
the lives of these young girls transformed as a result of being a part of the Diamond In The Rough Family.
This organization has truly created a safe environment for the girls to express themselves and not feel judged
instead they receive love, care, support, protection and knowledge. Each girl that comes into the program and
truly engage and participate will definitely become a precious diamond and their lives will never be the same.
Mentor/Volunteer Ms. Lucille

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamond In The Rough is by far the most rewarding organization that I've volunteered for. The Leaders of DITR are organized, creative and plan agendas that positively impact our young girls. Over the years they've partnered with other non-profits such as Partners Against Domestic Violence and local colleges to educate and empower our next generation of women. I look forward to volunteering every year!

Karli James

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DITR program is making a huge difference in society. The dedicated mentors/volunteers go above and beyond for the success of the program. Everyone in the program are passionate about promoting the mission. Diamond In The Rough is not only a fabulous nonprofit to be a part of but a family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found DITR several years ago searching for a debutante and it was the best thing I could've found for my daughter. She is currently going on her 4th year. She has learned to express herself better, social and people skills, understanding that God and family are first and knowing her worth. This is a program that continues to get better each year and I'm delighted to be involved. There are so many activities and ways a parent can stayed involved. It's a blessing! Thank you DITR for providing our girls with "Girl Power", the strength and knowledge of the different stages a girl goes through to womanhood.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been searching for a girl mentoring group for my daughter for over a year. After some not so good experiences, I saw a side-note on my Facebook page about Diamond In The Rough. I looked them up & after speaking with Ms. Audra McDaniel, signed my daughter up immediately. Ms. McDaniel was very patient, took time to answer my questions, and as a mother, shared some of her stories with me. September 2015, my daughter will be going into her 2nd year as a member and she loves it. I wanted her to have another support system ... other than myself and my husband ... where she could go to if she ever needed to. I wanted her to have a place where she can be surrounded by young ladies her age (13 at the time) or older who would most likely be experiencing the same things she was, or had gone through something similar. And she found that in DITR. The mentors in my daughter's cluster ... in my opinion ... showed sincere care and concern for the young ladies. My daughter expressed how comfortable she felt speaking with them. It doesn't feel at all to me like the organization is all about money. Field trips are offered, both free and some we have to pay ~> and I'm fine with that. From what I see, the organization is always pushing FAMILY. I love what Ms. Nicole Steele, Ms. Audra McDaniel and the rest of the DITR family are doing, and I hope they continue. For what the organization means to my daughter, it definitely gets my support. In fact, 2 days ago I recommended it to another friend. And just from reading the website, she registered her daughter and they are both excited to get started this September 2015. May this organization continue its mission. Bless ~ Pittman

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Diamond In the Rough is one of the best non profit organizations I have ever been apart of. If I could get every girl apart of this youth empowerment group I definitely would. I started out in 6th grade insecure , didn't really know my purpose and afraid to come out. This organization has helped me with self empowerment, my confidence and knowing I have a purpose. I used to be the girl in the back, didn't say much bad attitude and didn't want to ever speak out. But now I am a active member of Diamond In The Rough and I am the president of the Core Leadership group in Diamond In The Rough.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I begin mentoring five years ago at DITR. Since I have been serving as a Mentor and Volunteer at DITR, it has completed changed my life. My professional background is in IT(Masters in Information Technology Management) since my involvement in mentoring; I'm currently back in school getting a BA in Social Services with a minor in Behavior Development. Diamond in the Rough is a great organization that really really helps and gives back to our girls(leaders of tomorrow).

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diamonds In the Rough (DITR) is an excellent faith based organization that has done a great deal for young women in our community. They have been mentoring and teaching girls about how to become the best woman they can be for over 10 years. It is a great privilege to work with and support Diamonds in the Rough.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Why I volunteer for and support Diamond In The Rough is simple we do GREAT things for ALL, especially Girls! I just love the positive and helpful volunteers whom I've had the pleasure to work with. This is a supportive organization that sticks by its mission which is to save one child, one family, one communty at a time.
You Go Diamond in the Rough!

1 Joan73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any group that is working this hard and long to support our young people can only be commended. I visited their location and was more than pleased with the level of organization and passion I observed. Great job guys. Our young people will be better for you being around.

Joan Lloyd-Granston