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Sadie Nash Leadership Project

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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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a professional who has worked with national, regional and local nonprofits benefiting women and girls for nearly seven years, and Sadie Nash Leadership Project is one of the most impactful and efficiently run that I've ever seen. I fell in love with Sadie Nash after spending an afternoon touring their summer program at The New School in NYC. I had the opportunity to sit in on classes and see firsthand the extraordinary educational and empowerment opportunities they provide to the young women in their program. Since then, I have actively participated in fundraisers and mentored SNLP interns who are some of the most motivated, eager-to-learn young women I've seen. Sadie Nash is truly an exemplary organization making a profound difference for our nation's future young women leaders!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social worker with extensive experience working with youth, I was delighted to come across the Sadie Nash Leadership Project upon the recommendation of a friend and fellow social worker. The folks at Sadie Nash are firm believers of the need for feminist social change and for women who are directly impacted by inequality to be at the center of change making efforts.
This program encourages young women to view themselves as the experts of their experiences and provides them opportunities to redefine what it means to be a leader and take on leadership roles in their own communities.
I am excited to see all the contributions that Sadie Nash graduates will make in the years to come.