WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A non-profit board with prominent members is planning to open a charter school in Wilmington for underprivileged girls.
Board member Judy Girard, former president of HGTV and Food Network, made the announcement Thursday morning.
The non-profit, Young Women Leading, is chaired by Georgia Nix Miller, wife of UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller.
"Obviously being married to the chancellor, we both are committed to public education and access to great education, and this is going to offer this community another wonderful choice for public schools," Miller said.
The school, Young Women's Leadership Academy, will be based on a model established by Young Women's Leadership Network, created in Harlem in 1996.
The non-profit board intends to open the school in 2016 with three sixth-grade classes and to add a grade level each year, eventually expanding to twelfth grade.
"Our goal is that these young women will finish college, come back to their communities, change their communities, or at the very least enhance them," Miller said.
The school's educational program will include a focus on science and math, healthy adolescent development and leadership training.
"Our objective in forming YWL, Inc. is to create the opportunity for bright, capable, and enthusiastic young women from disadvantaged homes within our community to not only dream of a brighter future, but to be able to step into the world fully prepared to grasp all that life has to offer them," Girard said in a press release.
The school does not intend to hire an educational management company to run the school, according to Miller.
She said the non-profit will apply for a charter next year and is seeking a location for the school.
Other board members include Robert Tyndall and Delores Rhodes of the UNCW Watson College of Education, Tonye Gray of Colonial Marketing Group, and Sandy Crumrine of Earney & Company.
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