With mental health ranking 3rd among GenZ's worries, Cigna partners to train 2,000 girls, advancing social and emotional health with live, online education.
Online PR News – 07-October-2020 – Girls With Impact receives CIGNA funding to help prepare tomorrow's female business leaders.
Live, online entrepreneurship academy advances social and emotional health during COVID-19 pandemic.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact teen mental health and social connections, Cigna (NYSE:CI) is providing financial support to Girls With Impact, the nations only live, online entrepreneurship program for young women.
Studies show that students have experienced higher depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an overwhelming majority -- 81% -- saying they were experiencing increased stress. Yet the vast majority of parents 85% -- are seeking full or partial online learning.
Even prior to the pandemic, GenZ placed mental health third among their top worries, with young women experiencing greater concern over their state of mind, according to the report, Whats Inside the Minds of GenZ?
"Girls With Impact helped me keep a schedule of something to do during quarantine," said graduate Victoria Navarrete, 17.
"Girls With Impact is playing an instrumental role in advancing the social and emotional health of girls while preparing them for future success," said Hollie Ward, managing director for leadership development at Cigna. "We are pleased to support their programs, which help girls become future business leaders and entrepreneurs who will help build healthy and vital communities."
Girls With Impact operates a unique, live, online, instructor-led business academy. Students are guided by their business coach over 10 weeks, moving from venture idea to business plan and pitch. Graduates have developed ventures to address teen depression, suicide, and Alzheimers.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the nonprofit trained 2,500 girls from across the country through its signature Entrepreneurship Academy and workforce readiness workshops.
"The program helped me get my idea launched," said student Neha Shukla, 15, who developed SixFeetApart, a wearable sensor device to keep people safe from the COVID virus. "The network, support and collaboration with other girls has been so helpful."
Cignas contribution will support Girls With Impacts 2020-21 goal to serve 2,000 low to moderate income girls. The organization has made diversity a core pillar since inception with over 60% girls of color.
"Whether girls are facing crises on the home front or the typical challenges of building a business, were playing a pivotal role in their development," said CEO Jennifer Openshaw.
Cigna will also be making Girls With Impacts Entrepreneurship Academy and Future Skills Workshops available to Cigna employees at a discount providing a convenient solution for working parents who are seeking a proven remote learning opportunity for their daughters.
The program drives college prep and workforce readiness outcomes in areas that have long been barriers to womens success. For example:
85% of graduates report improved confidence
Programs are offered year-round, each quarter. To learn more, go to www.girlswithimpact.org.
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