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YWCA and Girls With Impact Partner to Equip New York Girls as Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs – Made Possible by U.S. Bank Foundation

New York, NY, July 23, 2020  – As New York continues to face the effects from Covid-19, Girls With Impact and YWCA of the City of New York (YWCA NYC) are partnering to equip local girls as tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs through live, virtual learning, thanks to the support of the U.S. Bank Foundation.

Girls With Impact and YWCA NYC are aligned in their mission to support diversity, arm young women with confidence, and develop women leaders of the future.

“YWCA NYC prepares the next generation of change leaders to advocate for themselves and others, creating real change in the communities we serve,” said Maureen Friar, CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York.

“Together with Girls With Impact, we are enhancing the entrepreneurial, business and financial skills our young people need to bring their Non-Profit vision to reality,” she continued.

“Girls With Impact’s two-week Mini-MBA will bring a new level of learning to the participants of our Girls Initiatives program.” 

Girls With Impact will fall under YWCA NYC’s Girls Initiatives program, to ensure that every girl gains the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue the education, career and life options of their choice.

Diversity has been a hallmark of each program. Over 50 percent of Girls With Impact’s students are of color and the majority are from low-to-moderate income households.  Further, with the help of Girls With Impact partner U.S. Bank Foundation, the program is offered to girls via YWCA NYC at no cost to them. 

Outcomes of the Girls With Impact program include increase in confidence, leadership, public speaking, tech and financial skills, college differentiation, college majors, scholarships and more.  

YWCA NYC will recruit girls ages 12-18 from the NYC area to join Girls With Impact’s Summer intensive starting August 3rd and Fall session starting in September. Each Academy class is capped at 20 students.  Nearly 1,000 girls recently graduated from Girls With Impact’s Spring session.

These girls will undergo a live, instructor-led business training program from home, through which they will develop their own business or nonprofit venture, arming them with critical entrepreneurship, leadership and business skills that give them a huge leg-up for their future. 

About Girls With Impact:  Girls With Impact, a 501c3, is the nation’s only live, online mini-MBA for girls 12-18, designed with leaders from the Harvard Business School’s Career Center.  Offered year-round, the 10-week, after-school Business and Innovation Academy moves girls from ideation to a business plan and venture pitch, driving improvements in confidence, leadership, college readiness and professional skills for success.  Programs offered include virtual camps, workforce readiness workshops and virtual mentoring. Girls With Impact was developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jennifer Openshaw to increase the number of diverse women leaders and innovators in today’s workforce. Watch this.

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