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“We understand the importance of having someone who can guide you through the process – someone who can connect on a personal level and build those deep relationships.” -Kira Antoine, SNLP Program Coordinator
Read more about what Kira has to say and check out the full spotlight from the NMRC: Sadie Nash Leadership Project's Nash U Reimagines Mentoring Program with Newark Mentoring Movement.
What do you do in the days after a historic number of women run for office and win? You #KeepRunning! Join us for our first-ever run/walk 5K on Sunday, November 11th. More accurately, we should say join us for our first ever run/walk/SAMBA because joining us will be an all-women Brazilian drumline - Fogo Azul!
Join us Sunday morning in Riverside Park - click here to join our team.
Meet some of our runners!
The Sisters | Rosemary and Emily
Meet Rosemary and Emily, the running sisters!
"This picture is of us at our high school track, where we ran for our team 8 years apart. Now we're excited to be running on the same team again in support of the young women and gender-expansive youth of Sadie Nash. Nashers are remarkable in their love for each other and their commitment to bettering their communities through engagement, education, and compassion. New York City is a safer, healthier, more vibrant place because of their work. Thank you, Sadie Nash, for everything you do!"
The Math Teacher | Genesis
Meet Genesis the 8th grade math teacher in the Bronx!
"I am running because it is a hobby that has grown into a lifestyle. I like running and I like the challenge of pushing myself to the finish line. I support Sadie Nash because I got introduced to the organization through a close friend and I have seen up close the impact their work has had on the lives of young women. As an 8th grade math teacher, I have attended a few training's with Sadie Nash, and I am inspired by their philosophy and commitment to empower young women of color. Running to support this organization seems like a great way to spend a Sunday morning, so it was not difficult to make the decision to sign up."
The Marathoner | Margarita
Meet Margarita, SNLP staff member and NYC marathoner!
“I just finished my first marathon ever last week! It was exhilarating and exhausting. I thought about taking a break this weekend but I love the idea of running alongside my Sadie Nash community! I’m hoping to convert some of my colleagues into marathoners too. And to be honest, I do appreciate that it’s only 3 miles and not 26!”
Join Emily, Rosemary, Genesis, and Margarita and the rest of our Sadie Nash team this Sunday.
If you can’t make it, we appreciate your generous support. 100% of contributions go to Sadie Nash to support our leadership programming.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) is excited to announce the acquisition of The Girls Project. This acquisition will give SNLP additional strength, scale, and reach to serve girls in middle schools in New York City. In the 2014-15 school year, SNLP will pilot middle school programming in five schools in Manhattan and Queens.
Executive Director Chitra Aiyar said, "Based on our success with high school women, we frequently receive inquiries from parents and school administrators asking what we can do for their middle school girls. Our participants ask about programming for their little sisters. We know that girls ages 10 to 13 are at a critical juncture of personal development and we have been planning to expand into this demographic group for some years. We've long admired the work of The Girls Project, and are excited to carry forward their important work. This unification will build our strength and capacity, and represents an important step in the next phase of growth for Sadie Nash and our services to young women."
This acquisition comes at a time when SNLP is experiencing major expansion. In November 2013 SNLP was named one of the top 12 youth programs in the country and awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. In recent years, Sadie Nash has more than doubled the girls it serves, currently providing over 600 low-income young women each year with intensive leadership experiences. Outcomes are outstanding: according to a recent evaluation, 95% of surveyed girls feel more confident in their leadership ability and 90% feel more inspired to attend college after participating in SNLP programs. A 10-year impact study demonstrates that SNLP's model has long-term effectiveness. More than 80% of SNLP alumnae have graduated from college and express far higher rates of commitment to personal growth and civic engagement than their peers.
The Girls Project Founder Cydney Pullman said, "Sadie Nash Leadership Project's values and approach closely align with ours at The Girls Project. When we decided to look for a larger organization to expand and operate The Girls Project, we approached SNLP to absorb our programs because of this natural fit and Sadie Nash's outstanding track record of success in enabling young women to be leaders. I cannot think of a better home for The Girls Project."
About The Girls Project
The Girls Project was founded in 1998 in response to a Lower East Side school's request for programming to counter the harassment girls were facing on the playground and in the streets. Through semester-long classes, their programming focused on empowerment through leadership development, critical thinking, socio-emotional skill-building and direct social action. The Girls Project has worked with over 1,500 girls and 75 teachers in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn middle schools.