Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande is now accepting applications for the fifth class of the Young Women’s Leadership Institute – a program to mentor and guide young women to be leaders.
“I designed this program to prepare young women in New Jersey to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “Everyone in public life has an obligation to help the next generation take control of their own future in an effort to make themselves and our society a better place.”
The nonpartisan program will run through next spring and is open to 10 high school junior girls in Monmouth County’s 11th Legislative District. The YWLI will travel to view a voting session in Trenton and meet with women of influence in New Jersey. They will be mentored by a female leader and work on a community service project.
“We are fortunate in Monmouth County to have so many women in public office and positions of influence,” said the Assemblywoman. “I am proud to call them my friends and grateful that they have been willing to share their time and experience with the Institute in a very open way.”
Mia O’Brien, now Senior class President at Ithaca College, is a past participant of the program. “The Young Women’s Leadership Institute was unlike any program I have ever been involved with,” O’Brien said. “The opportunities – including meeting and becoming friendly with some of the biggest names in New Jersey politics today – and skills taught are invaluable. Although I have taken on many leadership roles before, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute has prepared me for even more challenging opportunities in my future.”
“Participating in the program gave me tools to use in college and future endeavors,” stated Cassandra Rampino, a freshman at Cornell University. “Speaking with successful women who are not only devoted to their professions, but also to their families has given me the inspiration to balance both one day in my life as well.”
“From participating in a community-oriented service project to networking with influential New Jersey legislators, this program has been very rewarding on numerous levels,” says current participant Shaye DiPasquale. “The Young Women’s Leadership Institute has brought out the best qualities in me and exposed me to the world of opportunities that lie ahead.”
“Each year we have been impressed with the young women who have come through our program,” said Casagrande. “I look forward to working with a new group of participants as we begin their journey to become the future leaders of tomorrow!”
Interested students can apply by sending an essay on, “What Would I Like to Accomplish as a Future Leader” in fewer than 1,000 words; two letters of recommendation, and a list of extra-curricular activities or a resume. All of this should be sent by May 4, 2015 to Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, 35 West Main Street, Freehold, N.J. 07728, or emailed to AswCasagrande@njleg.org. Applications must include complete contact information; including address, phone number and email. For more information, call 732-866-1695.