Dr. Jackie Gill delivers keynote speech to Awesome Ambitions teens

Dr. Jackie Gill

Mentoring programs like Kansas City’s Awesome Ambitions have strong connections to Metropolitan Community College. MCC-Business & Technology president Dr. Jackie Gill recently was the keynote speaker for the group’s College and Career Readiness Seminar.

Gill spoke to several dozen young women from Awesome Ambitions and their families Oct. 7 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing.

Gill says she had “a blast” networking with the students.

Her message included the importance of making the most of your opportunities by starting early to explore a career path and learn about leadership development.

Awesome Ambitions, founded in 1997 by KSHB-41 Action News anchor Cynthia Newsome and retired Kansas City Star columnist Angela Curry is a free, not-for-profit mentoring and college-readiness program for girls in grades 8 through 12 in the Kansas City area.

Professional women like Gill help mentor the girls on the importance of getting a good education and researching employment and career options. They also learn about financial management, fitness and nutrition, and other life skills.

In July 2017, Awesome Ambitions produced a video featuring some of its students, including MCC’s Chebet Buckner. The early college student graduated with honors from MCC in May and has gone on to Hampton University on a full-ride scholarship.

Awesome Ambitions’ Newsome was the keynote speaker at MCC’s 2016 commencement. She advised students that a finish line is also a starting line, echoing the message of her organization’s goal of inspiring students to set and achieve positive goals for their health, education and future careers.