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Mentor & scholarship program holds inaugural kick-off event for Greater Philadelphia launch, its second national expansion city outside of South Florida 

PHILADELPHIA—Sept. 4, 2014— Women of Tomorrow is celebrating its official launch into the Greater Philadelphia Area by hosting its inaugural kick-off cocktail party in Philadelphia’s trendy new restaurant Volvér, located at the Kimmel Center, on Tuesday, September 9th at 6 p.m. Mentors, donors, supporters and school officials will be in attendance to celebrate the organization’s remarkable success and the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

The launch of Women of Tomorrow into the Greater Philadelphia area is being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thanks in part to the Knight Foundation, the program’s national expansion began in 2011, launching in Metropolitan Detroit.

Women of Tomorrow Founder and President Jennifer Valoppi will address the crowd, along with Detroit Mentor Ellen Hill Zeringue, VP of Marketing for the Detroit Tigers. Current University of Pennsylvania student and former Women of Tomorrow mentee, Kandyse Samuel and former Mentee Abby Brown, now a practicing nurse, will also be on hand to share with guests, the impact that the program had and continues to have on their lives. Event sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Media Sponsors: Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Style Magazine. 

Jennifer Valoppi says, “I believe one of the most effective ways to break the cycles of violence, poverty and abuse, is to uplift the young women who will raise the next generation. It all stops here. Women of Tomorrow is one of the most unique and powerful organizations of its kind anywhere. Our amazing mentors are the reason for our tremendous success in getting at-risk young girls to overcome their obstacles and live up to their full potential.”

Mentoring in Philadelphia begins in October with ten schools already on board, including Academy at Palumbo, Arts Academy at Rush, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), High School of Engineering & Science, Horace Furness High School, Parkway Center City, Philadelphia Military Academy, Promise Academy at Martin Luther King, South Philadelphia High School, and West Philadelphia High School.

The Women of Tomorrow Greater Philadelphia Advisory Committee includes Beth Arnholt, Bonnie Eisner, Carol Kauffman, Charisse Lillie, Judge Marjorie Rendell, Stephanie Stahl, Dr. Susan Taylor, and Risa Vetri Ferman. Greater Philadelphia Board Members are Jennifer Valoppi, Elsie Howard and Robyn Perlman. 

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program 

Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow currently mentors approximately 3,500 at-risk girls in 181 public high schools in in South Florida, Metropolitan Detroit and Greater Philadelphia with its network of over 500 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 92% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree. Women of Tomorrow has awarded over $4 million in college scholarships to more than 1,400 mentees. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit www.womenoftomorrow.org.