Awesome Ambitions

Awesome Ambitions

Awesome Ambitions is a not-for-profit mentoring and college-readiness program for high school girls in the Kansas City area. Professional women work side by side with our girls to help mentor them on the importance of getting a good education, explore employment and career options, learn about financial management, fitness and nutrition, leadership development and other life skills. This is accomplished through monthly Saturday workshops, field trips, college visits and other events that provide educational experiences, leadership, and support.

We are proud of our accomplishments. In 2013, 95% of the Awesome Ambitions seniors graduated on time, enrolled in college and were awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships. For some of our girls, this occurred in a school district that has struggled for full accreditation. Our graduates continue on to college, many being the first in their families to do so.

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Founded in 1996 by local KSHB-TV anchor Cynthia Newsome and Kansas City Star columnist, Angela Curry, Awesome Ambitions began in the Kansas City Missouri Public School District with 20 ninth grade girls from eight schools. Our “Awesome’’ young ladies today come from more than 14 area schools, including several charter and suburban school districts. The program is open to all high school girls in the metropolitan area.

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