Step Up Young Luminaries

School’s out for the summer, but this is no time to rest for Step Up girls. News is coming in from across the country about the success of our Young Luminary programs, and we want to share it!

In New York, girls celebrated their final session in style and prepped for their summer internships, while mentor-mentee pair Monica and Angela share with us about their internship experience in Chicago.

New York

New York’s 2011-2012 Young Luminaries program concluded on a fun and inspiring note at the final session on Saturday, June 16, hosted generously by Yext and our New York board member, Wendi Sturgis. Sixteen teens, 20 dedicated mentors, and 25 awesome volunteers from American Express gathered together to discuss financial literacy, budgeting, and interviewing skills—all in preparation for the girls’ summer internships! We were also thrilled to have with us the lovely Kalei Kekuna, from Precision Dermatology, our Young Luminaries sponsor of the year.

Young Luminaries

Participants discussed such topics as smart spending and workplace attire, mingled, and enjoyed the wonderful food provided by mentor Marie Etienne. The American Express volunteers thoughtfully and engagingly shared their expertise, arming the girls with the tools they’ll need as they transition to senior year or college life. At the end of the session, the girls received their internship assignments. Thanks to our amazing host companies such as Deutsche Bank, The JAR Group, LexisNexis, Mediaocean, Penn Mutual, and many others, Step Up teens will be getting invaluable professional work experience this summer. Finally, Precision Dermatology gifted our girls, mentors, and volunteers with complimentary BeyondClear skincare systems! The session was a stellar conclusion to a great year of Young Luminaries programming—thanks to Precision Dermatology, American Express, and as always, our mentors and members for making it happen.


Step Up’s Young Luminaries internship program is in full-swing, hosting motivated teen girls for summer internships and preparing them for future careers. Step Up teen Angela, interning with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, shares, “The biggest thing I’m going to take away from my internship is that within my chosen career field [of social work or psychology] there are a tremendous amount of opportunities. I’ve met so many awesome people, and it shows me to never be close-minded about what I want to do with my future. The most fun thing about working with my mentor, Monica, is that she doesn’t just leave me in an office all day. She does her best to allow me to see all sides of the job. She takes me to different things and introduces me to different people (networking!).” Angela’s mentor Monica in turn shares, “I look forward to working with the Step Up interns each summer as they are impressionable young ladies who are eager to learn. I have found pleasure in assisting these gifted young ladies with exploring career options that are available to them. We also talk about their personal concerns, issues, thoughts, and beliefs…it’s really great being a mentor to such wonderful upcoming leaders of the world.”

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