WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

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Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President (left) Megan Bruno, WGC Board Chair (right); Allison Canning, WGC Donor Development Committee Chair (far right)

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County, is thrilled to announce that we have awarded Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. (JA) with a three-year Special Grant worth $80,000!

Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President (left) Megan Bruno,
WGC Board Chair (right); Allison Canning, WGC Donor Development Committee Chair (far right)

This grant will enable JA to create “JA Rising Women,” an entrepreneurship and leadership program for young women in Howard County. ” JA Rising Women will instill an entrepreneurial mindset that fosters confidence, innovation and achievement among our young women in Howard County preparing the next generation of business leaders to lead our community,” says Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President. The year-long, out-of-school leadership initiative that will take cohorts of young women, in grades eight through twelve, through the hands-on experience of starting their own company. Participants will be paired with an experienced mentor who will assist them in creating their own business. Additionally, the young women will participate in a variety of trainings addressing such topics as program development, marketing, finance and management, and life skills. JA anticipates providing in-depth entrepreneurial experiences to 135 girls over the course of three years.

This is the largest grant in the WGC’s history and we are excited to be working with JA to increase the impact we can make on women and girls in Howard County. “The Special Grant Project is a direct result of the generosity and loyalty of our donors and the strong commitment of our board to creating a lasting legacy of strong women in our community,” says Megan Bruno, Chair of the WGC. “This program will prepare young women for economic success by providing hands-on opportunities that honor, value and celebrate the female perspective, experiences and unique development.”

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