Personal Empowerment Project Inspires Students at Inaugural Career Day

personal empowerment project inspires students

Photo Credit: Brook Christopher

This past Saturday, March 19, the New York Junior League held its inaugural Personal Empowerment Project (PEP) Career Day, in which approximately 45 young women from SCAN had the opportunity to meet and participate in discussions with high-profile career panelists, and learn more about a variety of professions and skill sets needed to pursue those professions. The day’s activities were focused on the goal of empowering the young women with the knowledge that they can do whatever they want to do, to dream big, and to continually strive to improve themselves.

Panel Participants Included:

  • Andre Morris, Public Relations Executive/President
  • Angel Lenise, Video Producer at Hearst Corporation
  • Charles Schneider, Chief Operating Officer, Workplace Relationships
  • Gillian Bird, Diplomat and Australian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Ines Rosales, Traffic anchor on Fox 5’s Good Day New York*
  • Jana Beauchamp, Columnist and Contributor at New York Family Magazine*
  • Lauren Austin, Critical Care Nurse
  • Maggie Craddock, President – Workplace Relationships, LLC.  Executive coach and author
  • Neene Jenkins, Vice President – Municipal Credit Research Analyst for AB Global
  • Pauline Millard, Writer
  • Precious Williams, President & CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious, LLC 

“It was awesome. I got to meet with women who worked in different career fields, especially the United Nations. She’s very important.” ~ Aiddan Matos

PEP is an NYJL signature committee that was developed this year in celebration of the league’s 115th anniversary.  PEP’s focus is on career and life skills mentorship for high school girls in partnership with SCAN, a non-profit youth and family service organization that provides the highest risk families and children living in East Harlem and the South Bronx with integrated family-focused programming that uses a positive approach, harnesses individual strengths and fosters responsibility, self-esteem, initiative and the development of life skills.

“One thing that most resonated with me was advice from Maggie Craddock, “The most important conversations you will have are the conversations you have with yourselves.” ~Cierra Lebron

For 115 years, the New York Junior League has been clear and unwavering in its mandate: to develop exceptionally qualified volunteers who identify our community’s most pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs-and change the way people think. Saturday’s PEP event was yet another example of how NYJL’s volunteers are improving and enriching the lives of New Yorkers of all ages through initiatives that teach, mentor, and motivate them to be their best.

* Moderator

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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