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The Foundation helps girls to reach their true potential through a combination of mentoring and scholarships.

Mentoring:  Emily’s Way

Emily’s Way Enrichment and Mentoring Program is an attempt to address some of the challenges facing girls and young women in our society, and specifically girls in the Oxon Hill community of Prince George’s County. Addressing the needs of adolescent girls should be a collaborative effort between the home, school, church and community organizations. Together they can provide a continuum of care and support that will help to ensure that our young women have a strong foundation, in terms of health, education and life-skills, for the pivotal roles that they will be assuming in their families and communities as adults. Enrichment and life-skills programs, like Emily’s Way, that reach girls, will yield rich rewards for them and their communities. President Obama’s recent appointment of a focal point person for issues facing women and girls is recognition of this need in our society.

We know of many wonderful programs in Prince George’s County that target boys and young men. However, we know of few, if any, that specifically target girls and young women, and our program is designed to arm them with the knowledge and understanding to change the way they see their lives and open their eyes to the limitless opportunities that can present themselves through education, dedication, and sound choices.

The overarching goal of Emily’s Way Enrichment and Mentoring Program is to encourage and help female program participants to reach their maximum potential academically, socially, personally and professionally. Specifically, the goals are to (1) help girls improve self-esteem and become sufficiently confident to function effectively in a variety of settings; (2) develop a mind-set for achievement and success; (3) learn strategies and receive tutoring in subjects that improve academic achievement; (4) become more aware of health, social and financial responsibilities; and (5) begin to learn about college preparation and admissions procedures.

The target population will be 9th grade girls entering their freshman year of High School; girls whose academic performance is marginal to average and who may be economically disadvantaged. Selections will be made from individual applicants and referrals from the School counselors.

By participating in programs with peers in their age group, girls will develop their own voice, opinions, and leadership skills. Program leaders work with each girl to develop her own unique strengths and show her how to apply that confidence at home with her family, in school with her classmates, or in the community.

Scholarship program:

Emily was a woman of considerable natural ability: academically, athletically, and as a leader.  But she also benefited from another advantage: opportunity.  She was raised in a loving, two-parent household and had the opportunity to enhance her leadership potential as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

These are advantages that a lot of at-risk girls do not have.  A goal of The foundation is to select deserving candidates and create educational opportunities for them so that they may develop their full potential, and in turn assist others in their communities. 

To this end The foundation has established the Emily J. T. Perez Foundation Scholarship for young women. 

The first $2,000 scholarship was awarded in 2008 to Ms. Courtney Gee, currently a student at Townson University. Courtney excelled as a student, leader, and athlete in high school and was selected as the winner in a competitive field of applicants.  As a high school student she showed leadership skills in peer mediation, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was voted most valuable player and player of the year by her peers on the volleyball team. 

The second scholarship, for $2,000, was awarded in 2009 to Ms. Jumoke Akinola.  At an early age Jumoke showed an interest in community service.  In high school she lobbied on behalf of the Sierra Club in support of a global warming bill, served as a sign language interpreter, and was a founding member of her high school NAACP chapter.  Jumoke will be attending the University of Maryland starting in the spring, and plans to pursue a career in medicine.   


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