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JA Rising Women

JA Rising Women
Are you inspired by entrepreneurs like Vera Wang, Oprah Winfrey, and Arianna Huffington? Now you can join their ranks and get a jump start on the path to running your own successful business. JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential.
With the help of businesswomen who serve as mentors, you and your JA Rising Women team will conceptualize an idea for a product or service, capitalize your venture, market your offerings, and reap the profits! Whatever your interests or strengths, there is a place for you in the student company. JA Rising Women requires a certain level of commitment, which you must be willing to make. This program is a great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.

To be considered for the program students must complete an application packet, which includes:

  • Student Application & Statement of Interest to be completed by student

  • Standards of Conduct Form to be signed by student

  • Parent/Guardian Consent Form to be completed by a parent/guardian

  • Media Release to be signed by student or parent/ guardian

  • Recommendation Form to be completed by a high school teacher/academic advisor

  • List of Frequently Asked Questions


Howard County

When: Wednesdays, October 23 - Jan 22
Where: Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) - 9250 Bendix Rd., Columbia, MD
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We are currently accepting applications for the spring session that will run February 26 - May 20. Applications must be sent to JA Director of Entrepreneurial Experiences Diana Emerson at demerson@jamaryland.org in their complete form by February 10.

We will be posting the application for the fall session of JA Howard County Rising Women in September. If you would like to receive an email when the application is available, please send your "Application Posted" notification request to Diana at demerson@jamaryland.orgFor any additional questions, please contact Diana Emerson at demerson@jamaryland.org or 410-363-6403.

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Giving Circle

Support for this program has been provided by the Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.

Baltimore County

When: TBD
Where: New Town High School - 4931 New Town Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Time: TBD

For more information, contact Diana Emerson at demerson@jamaryland.org or 410-363-7695.

Baltimore City

When: TBD
Where: Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women - 128 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Time: TBD

For more information, contact Diana Emerson at demerson@jamaryland.org or 410-363-7695.

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