Ann Inc. offers mentorship, money to young community leaders
What happens when you break out a new outfit? If you're anything like me, you feel confident. Powerful. Ready to take on the world!
Well, one clothing company is extending its reach beyond clothing and into the community, by offering teen girls with a strong penchant for service the chance to attend a leadership summit aimed at empowering them to bring about positive change in their communities.
Ann Inc. (the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT) has partnered with Vital Voices on "ANNpower," a three-day leadership training for 50 girls in grades 10 and 11. At the end, participants are eligible for $2,500 grants to help turn their community project ideas into action.
Think you have what it takes? In addition to leadership and problem-solving skills, qualified candidates must be academically successful and involved in extracurricular activities.
The winning teens will travel in mid-June to Washington, D.C. to network, learn leadership skills and - perhaps most important - soak up on knowledge, advice and some serious girl power offered by Ann Inc. executives (such as president/CEO Kay Krill) and other female mentors from the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network.
From swim lessons and recycling programs to a human trafficking documentary and more, the projects churned out by past ANNpower fellows are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
So, young divettes, gather up those recommendation letters, school transcripts and other application materials and get them in by the March 1 deadline.
Make us proud!