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Giving of self for the advancement of others...

New Class:  The Foundation welcomes Emily’s Girls 2010

In October EMILY’s WAY – the Foundation’s mentoring program – welcomed five new freshman girls and 12 girls returning from the previous year. 

Emily’s Way began its second year on a mission to achieve academic excellence with a Pre-SAT workshop, which was open not only to Emily’s Girls but the community at large. 

Emily’s Way believes that by focusing on self esteem, self efficacy, and future orientation young women are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to develop positive connections and increase their likelihood for successful life outcomes.

Additional programming includes field trips that allow Emily’s Girls to explore academic, professional, cultural, social, and athletic interests, and a yearly service project conceived, managed, and delivered by the participants of Emily’s Way.

“Emily’s Girls” will learn that their beliefs, drive, and actions will bring them the success they desire and deserve.

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New Scholarship Winner: Taneisha Love

The Foundation is proud to announce 2010 Emily’s Way scholarship recipient.

 Miss Love is currently a freshman at the Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.  She is majoring in biology and plans to join the Peace Corps after graduation.   

The Foundation’s scholarship is open to graduating seniors.  The award winner is chosen based on academic performance, motivational fit, and a written essay on a provided topic.   We look for candidates for whom a scholarship will have a meaningful impact.

Teneisha was chosen by the Board of Directors as a woman with the drive and the potential to make a difference in the world. 

After college I plan to go into the Peace Corps …in less fortunate countries this will surely make a difference.  And not only will the country and its people benefit from me being there but this will also be a benefit to me as well.  This will allow me to learn a great deal about different cultures, values, and more... “

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NYC Excursion:

Emily’s Girls were New York bound in September to see the world renowned musical, STOMP. 

This was the first trip to ‘the City so nice that it was named twice’ for some of the girls so entering the city with views of the statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the city skyline was very exciting. 

After a morning of shopping on 5th Avenue, seeing the sights of Times Square, a ride on the New York subway, the girls returned home with stories to tell.

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Foundation Board Member Erica Jeffries selected as a White House Fellow

On 22 June 2010 the White House appointed the 2010-2011 class of White House Fellows. 

Erica has had a hands-on role both in setting the strategy for the Foundation and in working with girls in the program.  The Foundation congratulates her on being selected for this public service opportunity. 

From www.whitehouse.gov:  Founded in 1964 the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.  Selected individuals typically spend a year working as full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. 

Erica Jeffries formerly was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton where she specialized in the defense, strategic policy, and national security arenas.  As an officer in the U. S. Army she served as a platoon leader and an Executive Officer in an Aviation battalion as a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter pilot. Erica holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. 

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 About Emily’s Way

Emily’s Way was established in the memory of Second Lieutenant Emily Perez,  who was killed during combat operations in Iraq in 2006. 

Teenage years can be a period of great growth and discovery.  They can also be a treacherous, uncertain time. 

This is particularly true for girls, who are particularly vulnerable to negative media images, low self esteem, and bear the brunt of the consequences of unplanned teenage pregnancies. 

The Foundation is designed to encourage girls and young women to reach their maximum potential academically, socially and professionally by teaching and exposing them to various skill sets and professionals -  but more importantly, teaching them to think about the world around them

Emily's Way is a 501(3)(c) charitable foundation.

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