Princeton University Summer Program Teaches Business and Motivation To Minority Teen Girls

At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy

For the fourth straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy will be held on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The two-week Academy is one of the only summer institutes for minority teen girls held on an Ivy League campus. It is also the first to be held at Princeton University.

Where and When

The program is geared towards building leadership skills for minority girls entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. This year’s program is scheduled for July 27 - August 8, 2014 at The Friend Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Scholarships are available.

Featured Business Speakers

The Academy offers dynamic speakers, standardized test-taking strategies, math, critical reading courses, college essay writing classes, tutoring, interactive studies, group activities, and field trips. Each year, special guest speakers provide dynamic presentations. In 2013, actor Jasmine Guy offered an unforgettable address. Ms. Guy notes, “It is very important for us to reach out to our young girls.” The Academy is keen on featuring speakers from the business community and includes prominent entrepreneurs each year. For the past three years, Lisa Ascolese, an African-American inventor with products on HSN and QVC, has offered workshops that nurture creativity and entrepreneurial skills. Goldman Sachs has provided business coaching for the students.

Participating Students Will Stay On-Campus

The Academy provides on-campus housing at Princeton University that allows the students to experience college life in an Ivy League setting. In addition, the two weeks of learning, studying, and communing together helps the students to bond and experience the Academy from an intimate perspective. The curriculum has been developed to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills along with increasing leadership confidence. Speakers include business leaders, entrepreneurs, and Princeton University staff who teach select classes.

The Organization Behind the Program

The process is selective, as students must meet criteria based upon recommendations, an interview, an essay, extracurricular activities, and grade point average. At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a program of At the Well Conferences, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization empowering teens since 2009. “The Academy seeks to empower young women locally to become effective leaders globally. By promoting excellence in education, these young women will transform their communities,” states Jacqueline Glass, founder of the organization.

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