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Monday, March 5, 2018

“Wakanda” Girls From Across the Country will Join Nicole Ari Parker as Program Chair of the At the Well Summer Leadership Academy at Princeton University to Make Their Own Brand of Magic

Nicole Ari Parker

Actress Nicole Ari Parker

New York, NY — Actress Nicole Ari Parker will serve as the Program Chair of the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy to be held at Princeton University on July 22-August 3, 2018. The summer enrichment program will empower fierce girls of color to be great leaders not unlike those represented in the fictional nation of Wakanda from the movie The Black Panther. Seven-time NAACP Image Award nominee Parker is best known for her outstanding performance as ‘Teri Joseph’ of Showtime’s award-winning original series “Soul Food.” Nicole is now back on Showtime guest starring in the 2nd season of the hit series “I’m Dying Up Here.” She also recurs as Giselle Barker on the Fox hit show “Empire.” Parker can be seen in the upcoming film Headshop and reunites on the big screen with Forest Whitaker in the action thriller How It Ends set to release in 2018. Parker states, “We must show a level of support for our young women of color that enables them to become great leaders.”

The At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy is designed for current tenth and eleventh-grade students and is in its eighth year. Students from across the globe are welcome to apply. The Program focuses on developing strong leaders through academic, social and career components. Girls participate in small group projects and share dorm space that helps to create networks and build lasting bonds long after the program ends. The curriculum includes critical reading, essay writing, college scholarship boot camp, and leadership workshops. The Academy offers a safe place for students to share the challenges of personal and school life. Speakers will include The D. L. Hughley Show Co-host Jasmine Sanders, scholar Julianne Malveaux, motivational speaker Brandi Harvey, 2016 Democratic National Committee Chief Leah Daughtry, physician Michele Reed, QVC Inventor Lisa Ascolese, attorney Renee Hill, and plus-size supermodel Liris Crosse. Workshop topics comprise of financial literacy, body image, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and self-esteem. Social activities include a trip to New York.

Students have benefitted immensely from the program. Academy Alumnus Imani McClendon graduated from Spelman College after receiving a full scholarship and $40,000 in aid by using our techniques. Dahnielle Milton, a 2017 alumnus of the program, wrote, “For the first time in forever, I am able to read books in a day and actually understand what I am reading because I am using these techniques you have taught me.” To date, 100% of the Academy alumni have been accepted to college.

Jacqueline Glass, the program Founder and Princeton Theological Seminary alumnus states, “The Academy lives out our mission to empower young women locally to become effective leaders globally.” A Ninth Grade Weekend Intensive is available for students on August 3-5, 2018. New for 2018 is From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men; a two-week program operating July 22-August 3 with a focus on mentoring and Rites of Passage that features actor Delroy Lindo as Program Chair and actor Danny Glover as Keynote Speaker. The application deadline for all programs is March 31, 2018.

For more information and to apply, go to www.atthewellconferences.org. Select need-based financial aid is available.


Linda Peavy