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The White House Names Philadelphia Nonprofit Founder a Champion of Change
The Evoluer House Founder/Executive Director Cheryl Ann Wadlington to
receive prestigious honor for her work advancing young girls of color
(Philadelphia, PA) September 29, 2016 – On Friday, September 30, the White House will honor Evoluer House Founder and Executive Director Cheryl Ann Wadlington for her leadership and work advancing young girls of color: https://www.whitehouse.gov/champions. As part of the prestigious ceremony, the White House will recognize Ms. Wadlington along with nine other every day Americans who are making positive impact in their communities.
“I am thrilled, honored and deeply humbled to be recognized by the highest level of government for advancing opportunity for marginalized girls of color,” said Ms. Wadlington. “Our girls are experiencing a unique set of social and emotional challenges and barriers to success. At The Evoluer House, we are on a mission to equip these girls with resources and opportunities to help them reach their greatest potential.”
The Obama Administration has forged a number of pathways toward equity for women and girls of color. "Passion and a belief in working at the grassroots level, I think you understand that change happens from the bottom up," said President Barack Obama.
In addition to her decades of work as a catalyst in youth development/empowerment, Ms. Wadlington is also a renowned fashion and beauty journalist, leading personal growth consultant, author and motivational speaker.
“Leading my nonprofit,The Evoluer House is a God-driven mission and part of my family DNA,” said Ms. Wadlington. “I prepare, empower and protect girls to be their authentic, fabulous selves. I get such pleasure witnessing a girl’s transformation from downcast to upwardly mobile. Over the past 12 years, The Evoluer House has worked tirelessly to equip the most underserved and hard-to-reach girls in Philadelphia with essential tools to become college-bound and career-ready, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. We have served 1,200 teen girls of color, and I am very proud that 100% of Evoluer House graduates finish high school on time and 90% go on to attend a four-year college. Many graduates of the program have become attorneys, PhDs, educators, MBAs, journalists, musicians and leaders in their communities.”
The White House “Champions of Change” ceremony will feature remarks by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and CEO and Founder of Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond. The event will be live streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live on Friday, September 30, at 11:30 AM ET.
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