At Notre Dame Prep (NDP), the mission of “educating girls to transform the world” is lived every day, in and out of the classroom. What better way to accomplish this than to send students out into the business world, giving them the opportunity to both work with and learn from women executives. This was part of the inspiration behind NDP’s most recent on-campus club, Rising Women. Co-sponsored by Junior Achievement, Rising Women partners NDP students with female mentors from Stanley Black and Decker. With a Shark Tank-like format, the 17-week program challenges a selective group of high schoolers to develop, pitch and produce a product to a group of businesswomen mentors.
The expectations are high and JA Rising Women underlines the importance of commitment. In its literature, it claims, “The program is great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.”