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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

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11 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.

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!!

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!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Sadie Nash program in action twice and been incredibly impressed with the staff, the level of engagement and excitement that the girls express. Their office/home base is not that impressive - but that didn't matter one bit. The girls seemed to be absorbed and interested in the classes. Clearly this is an organization that throws all its resources into its clients . The teaching staff are warm, knowlegeable and seem to really enjoy and like the girls. I think this is so important - to enjoy one's job and like the kids.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched Sadie Nash grow from a small organization in Brooklyn to one serving teenaged girls from all over the City. Their rapid growth - while keeping their core program values intact - was truly amazing to me. Sadie Nash makes a difference in the lives of inner city girls - one girl at a time. Their methods are so effective that they have an unheard of record of success - all on a real shoe-string budget. They expanded to Newark, NJ less than 3 years ago where they are the only organization in that city that only services girls. By their second summer session they were oversubscribed - a testimony to the excellence of their program. I have acted on behalf of Sadie Nash to introduce the Executive Director to potential corporate funding sources in Newark. The organization was funded on the first try. I am always impressed by how Sadie Nash keeps its donors informed of what is happening with individual program participants and with the organization. I can't think of a single thing they could do better.