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jrogers2

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Review for Cinnamongirl Inc, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Though I have been involved with a number of mentoring programs before, I've found the Cinnamongirl mentoring program to be quite unique. Targeting African-American and Latina girls aged 13 to 17, first, it focuses on mentoring on both an individual and community level. Mentors are not assigned to specific girls. Instead, there are typically 10 to 15 mentors assigned to a group of 25 to 30 girls. This enables 1) relationships to form more naturally 2) for the girls to form close relationships with multiple mentors and 3) for there to become a sense of sisterhood and community as the program year continues. The other aspect of the program that is unique is the leadership development component. The girls have structured programming and responsibilities like: a) leading a community service project b) having a book club that exposes them to books that are uplifting and enriching c) our "Conversations with Extraordinary Young People" which exposes the girls to youth and young adults who are entrepreneurs or have made a significant and positive impact on their communities. Cinnamongirl just celebrated our 5th anniversary and we are happy to see that all of our senior graduates have chosen to go on to higher education beyond high school. We have also seen a number of girls grow in their self-esteem, speaking skills, and leadership skills through the program. More information can be found at www.cinnamongirl.org/home.htm. I encourage any one to review our web site and/or come to one of our events on the programming calendar to learn more about us.

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

Committed, Passionate, and Motivated to make this the best experience for the girls as possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand beyond Oakland the the world, forming chapters in every major city focused on the goals of self-esteem and leadership development for girls of color. It could also sponsor an International Travel program that focuses on Leadership Development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & I serve on the Board of Directors.