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Review for Cinnamongirl Inc, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am honored to serve as an Executive Board Member for Cinnamongirl, Inc., the only Oakland, CA community-based organization that inspires and empowers girls to become proud, courageous and confident women. Cinnamongirl provides self-esteem enhancement activities, leadership training, life skills workshops, academic tutoring, mentoring by a diverse group of professional women and a breadth of empowerment and enrichment activities. We empower each of them to think big about their lives and their contributions to the world. We provide high levels of leadership training to our girls, enabling them with capabilities to make grand contributions to the international community. All are college-bound and poised for graduate school. They are dynamic, highly motivated, and eager to learn. Cinnamongirls are future scientists, CEOs, heads of schools, doctors and writers. Our first graduate from the program begins medical school fall 2010, and our youngest girl, who is 12 years old, aspires to become a pediatrician. I am inspired by their confidence and determination to accomplish their goals. Cinnamongirl is successful. It changes the lives of its participants in very positive ways. Presently, we are able to serve 45 highly motivated girls, ages 12-18. Our immediate goal is to offer the Cinnamongirl experience to the broader community by increasing, both, the numbers we serve and the scope of our program offerings. To do so, it is necessary for us to obtain and increase a revenue stream that will sustain our plans for expanding the program. We applaud Women’s Empowerment for the great work you do. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share Cinnamongirl with numerous non-profit organizations that are making a difference, one life at a time. Marva Wilkins, Member Executive Board of Directors Cinnamongirl, Inc.

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

observing the high levels of confidence exhibited by the girls following a brief period of participation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to include girls from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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

working with an Executive Board driven in their pursuit of success for Cinnamongirl; observing the pride and self assurance of the Cinnamongirls as they take on various responsibilities; caring mentors and volunteers; and proud and loving parents.

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

hard working professionals whose goals are to perform their responsibilities consistent with the high goals and expectations of the Cinnamongirl organization,

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

expand to become a national organization.

Ways to make it better...

we were able to receive needed funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and the inability to serve additional girls.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Cinnamongirl is a model program and should be expanded first to the greater S.F.Bay Area and then nationally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I am a professional educator currently serving in a third career as a grant writer. For 35 years, I have served on numerous non-profit organizations that serve children and families,.