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Sadie Nash Leadership Project

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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) is an AMAZING non-profit. I started out as a teacher for their summer program and witnessed first-hand the transformation of dozens of young women from New York City's public schools over the course of a six-week summer leadership institute. Since then, the program now operates year-round and makes a meaningful impact in young women's lives. As a Board member now, it is a privilege to be part of an extremely dynamic and well-run organization (SNLP was awarded the New York Times prize for best managed non-profit last year).

Board Member

Rating: 5

SNLP is the greatest! They empower young women to be leaders in unique and innovative ways. They truly believe in the young women they serve and the outcomes are extraordinary!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have visited Sadie Nash classes many times and I am always amazed and inspired by the work the young women do there and how the program transforms their lives. No other organization approaches leadership the way Sadie Nash does: by giving participants the tools and support they need to define leadership for themselves and then act as leaders within their own communities.