Support our YWLA alumni with a care package!

Remember that feeling when you received care packages in college? Remember how excited you were to see what was in the box?

Help give that feeling to another college student by donating items to the YWLA Alumni Care Package campaign!

The Annual Care Package Campaign is meant to support our college students as they embark on this important journey of their academic and career paths. College students are often operating with limited budgets, so providing these care packages allows the students to get a little piece of home while receiving some much needed essentials. This year, we will be sending care packages to 66 freshman and sophomore YWLA students across the country.

Our wish list includes:
Stamps • Ramen Noodles • Laundry Detergent • Snacks • Notebooks

Contact the Foundation for more information on drop-off or pick-up.

Inaugural Fairway to Heaven golf tournament benefits YWLA

Thank you to Fairway to Heaven for selecting the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth as the first beneficiary of its inaugural charity golf tournament October 16 at Mira Vista Country Club.

“We’re excited to recognize and support young women in our community striving for academic and leadership excellence,” said Kim Dignum, chair of Fairway to Heaven. “It’s extremely important that we help them on their path to reach their full potential through the YWLA program.”

A very special thanks to the Fairway to Heaven Board of Directors for putting on a spectacular golf tournament.  View a listing of the complete board.


GEMS attend Congresswoman Kay Granger’s Women’s Summit

GEMS attend Congresswoman Kay Granger's Women's SummitCongresswoman Kay Granger’s Women’s Summit Luncheon was held Monday, October 16 at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth. This year’s summit featured Congresswoman Granger and women leaders in national defense and global manufacturing. The Summit was attended by influential women from local, state, and national levels — and nine girls from YWLA!

YWLA GEMS in attendance included Emily Morales, Jennifer Macias, Christina Lara, Eunice Cardona, Tyrionna Williams, Paige Green, Amaya Green, Emily Leschber, and Hallie Spradlin.

The girls met and had their picture taken with Congresswoman Granger, and she introduced the girls as the nation’s next leaders. They were able to stand and be recognized by the crowd. The girls heard these influential women discuss many topics, including their career accomplishments, how to be an effective leader, and what characteristics are most important to success.

Check out the Class of 2017’s Senior Signing Day Video!

YWLA believes every girl can graduate from high school, attend, and graduate from college. And, we recognized that achievement during our annual Senior Signing Day on May 15th, 2017. This is an exciting day celebrating the achievements of YWLA’s Class of 2017 as they revealed where they would be attending college.

All 35 graduates were accepted to one or more four-year colleges/universities and received more than $6 million in merit scholarships and grants.

Make plans to attend the 2018 Senior Signing Day this May hosted by the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth!

North Texas Giving Day sets records for YWLA

YWLA GEMSWant to know what an amazing group of people can do to educate a girl? On September 14, The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth did just that during North Texas Giving day, when our donors gave online in support of YWLA.

More than $8,000 in 18 hours raised! Thank you, THANK YOU to all the donors who made this day one for the record books!

Education is a Girl’s Best Friend 2017

YWLA Education is a Girl's Best Friend eventThe Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth hosted its third-annual fundraiser, Education Is A Girl’s Best Friend, at the Capital Grille. The event featured Gloria Starling, Honorary Chair, Renee Arrington, Foundation Chair, YWLA Principal Tamara Albury and YWLA seniors Emily Morales, Ndey Sesay and Avery Smith.

Guests enjoyed food and wine donated by Capital Grille and a meet and greet with several YWLA students, board members and donors. This year the event raised more than $22,000 for college bound programming at YWLA.

Education is a Girl’s Best Friend 2017 would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Host Committee Members: Gloria Starling, Larry Anfin, Tracey Amaya, Renee Arrington, Jessica Brandrup, Deborah Ferguson, John Hernandez, Karen Jones, Meloni McDaniel, Winjie Miao, Linda O’Brien, Anita Robinson and Robin Sanders.

The Foundation would also like to take this opportunity to extend our greatest appreciation to our Board of Directors for their support during this event and throughout the year.

Click here to see pictures from the event.

Cathy Hirt Leadership Award presented at Signing Day festivities

Olivia Chipi

Olivia Chipi

Senior Olivia Chipi received the Cathy Hirt Leadership Award presented by the Foundation in memory of Dr. Cathy Csaky Hirt Ph.D., J.D.

Cathy dedicated her life to helping others through public service and leadership. She served on the Fort Worth City Council and chaired numerous community boards and committees Cathy was chair of our Foundation at the time of her death in 2015.

Cathy was a dynamic leader who believed that nothing should stop women from persevering. Passionate about education, Cathy believed all young women should have the opportunity to learn and be successful; that they should have opportunities to serve as leaders in their communities.  Because of her devotion to others, it’s only fitting that this year’s awardee embodies Cathy’s leadership spirit.

Olivia is a young woman who motivates and inspires people to perform to their best abilities. She leads by example and shows empathy and mindfulness for others. She shares responsibility, delegates authority, and gives credit appropriately. She was an officer of the Senior Class and co-founder of a student mentoring program.

We congratulate Olivia and wish her well as she embarks on her path to college and her future at Salem College. A $1,000 scholarship has been provided by Cathy’s son Karl Hirt and his wife Mary Pat Wixted.

From the Executive Director

Courtney Kimberling-Radcliffe

Courtney Kimberling-Radcliffe

It is hard to believe that in a few short months, our seniors will be announcing where they plan to attend college at our annual Signing Day. Many of them have been at YWLA since the sixth grade, and most will be the first in their families to attend college. To date, 100% have been accepted to college with $3 million   in scholarships.

Our first class of seniors graduated less than one year ago. We are extremely proud that they had 100% graduation rate, 100% acceptance to four-year universities and more than $6.5 million in scholarships. We wish them well as they complete their first year of college.

Just as we celebrate the success of all our students, we also celebrate the generosity and kindness of the YWLA community — individuals and organizations that support our mission and the success of our organization.

As we continue to strive to meet the needs of YWLA’s college-bound students, I invite you to take the opportunity to join us in celebrating their successes. Please see information that follows about how to become involved in Signing Day for 2017.

On behalf of the Foundation, my sincere thanks to you for your interest in our mission. Please know that your invaluable contribution forever changes lives.

Warmest Regards,
Courtney Kimberling Radcliffe
Executive Director


Hidden Figures

YWLA students attended a screening of the blockbuster movie, Hidden Figures, an incredible story about three African-American women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who have been credited with getting John Glenn into space in 1962.

These women literally ‘did the math’ that helped win the space race. They “crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.”

Congressman Mark Veasey introduced the film and participated in a Q&A with the audience.

Special thanks to former Foundation Board Member Tiesa Leggett for coordinating the showing.

“A” Honor Roll Celebration

The Rotary Club of Fort Worth and the Foundation provided an inspiring and enlightening speaker for the “A” Honor Roll luncheon held Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Fort Worth Club.

Dimanche Brewer, Executive Director of Charm School International, presented an interesting program on etiquette, including topics on what it means to be a lady, and the art of social conversation.

In addition to enjoying a delicious three-course lunch, each GEM created a Vision Board inspired by the topics Ms. Brewer presented.

Assistant Vice Principal Laura Bennett accompanied the GEMS to the Fort Worth Club.

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