During the past decade, the Women in Entertainment initiative has been giving high school girls the opportunities of a lifetime — along with scholarships and laptops — and providing the industry with a new generation of go-getters. Ten years ago, editors at The Hollywood Reporter had an intriguing idea: What if we created a mentorship program to accompany our annual Women in Entertainment gala, making it not just a celebration but a tool for social change? A decade later, about 250 high school juniors from some of the most underserved schools in Los Angeles have been paired with top-level women in film, television and music through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters — and in many cases their lives have been transformed. They’ve been helped by the overwhelming generosity not just of individual mentors but also scholarship donors who’ve allowed these promising young women to go to the universities of their dreams, aided by Loyola Marymount University, which has given matching funds for 27 girls to study there. This year, THR will present a record $1.5 million in college scholarships, including six full rides provided by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, Sherry Lansing, Netflix (which is fully funding two… Read full this story
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