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.