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Review for Operation Understanding DC, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Understanding DC is an outstanding program that brings together young people from the African American and Jewish communities to learn about their shared history and to confront current issues of racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. It empowers these young people by helping them to strengthen their character and identity and provides them with a set of skills that enables them to become advocates and forces for social justice.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ways in which it has helped my children appreciate that although people may have different backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions, we all share a common humanity and a common struggle.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & Parent of Participant in Program.
 

Review for Operation Understanding DC, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son participated in this program. At first, he was reluctant to tear himself away from the summer camp he had been involved with for many years. Once he immersed himself in the OUDC experience, however, he never looked back. His appreciation of the culture and history of oppression of African Americans came alive in a way that has resonated deeply within him. He made enduring friendships that have stood the test of time. He was forced to thoroughly examine his belief system. While he had always been a "fire in the belly" social activist, this experience ignited him.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being challenged (by my son) to closely examine my own beliefs, values, actions and words.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their unique approach to bringing youth with different religious and cultural backgrounds together by having them collaboratively problem-solve, live together and grapple with difficult and sensitive issues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

uniformly highly dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & serve on parent committee.