WABC-TV news anchor Sade Baderinwa with student attendees at Monroe College's Inspire to Aspire event
WABC-TV news anchor Sade Baderinwa with student attendees at Monroe College’s Inspire to Aspire event / Image courtesy of Monroe College

Monroe College is but one of the many institutions of higher learning in the Borough of Colleges and Universities that is The Bronx. It is one of the most accessible to many of our residents and not only does Monroe provide quality education and training but the school helps each and every student every step of the way in preparing them for their future.

But Monroe College doesn’t just help its own, it also helps the community and our youth and one of such ways was yesterday’s Inspire to Aspire Female Empowerment for High School students which was attended by hundreds of young girls along with WABC-TV news anchor Sade Baderinwa who delivered the keynote speech.

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The following is from Monroe College on this wonderful event:

Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV delivers keynote

Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV delivers keynote address to hundreds of high school girls / Image courtesy of Monroe College
Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV delivers keynote address to hundreds of high school girls / Image courtesy of Monroe College

On Thursday, March 26, Monroe College held Inspire to Aspire, its third annual female empowerment event for more than 300 high school girls in the Mintz Auditorium on the college’s Bronx campus.  The girls were guided through empowering activities like sharing inspirations, setting personal and educational goals, and meeting with women from a variety of professions for intimate discussions on staying healthy, dealing with personal setbacks, the importance of education, and how to ultimately succeed in life.

The morning’s highlight was the powerful keynote address by WABC-TV news anchor Sade Baderinwa who talked about her own achievements in the face of adversity.

“Life is always going to give you roadblocks and it is how you deal with them and how you respond,” she said.  “You have to be nimble and have some grit.  Be daring and be bold.  It’s about your spirit and your integrity.  Trust the people who encourage you and help you live your dreams.”

Afterwards she took questions from the girls and generously spent time greeting them individually and taking photos with them.

Image courtesy of Monroe College
Image courtesy of Monroe College

Participating high schools included Mott Hall HS, Media and Communication, the College Academy, Truman HS, Bronx Latin, New Visions Charter HS for Humanities, HS for Contemporary Arts, BCC Prep, and Brooklyn Generations.

“Our team did an amazing job in setting up and running today’s event,” said Dr. Cecil Wright, Director of Admissions.  “Because of the range of interactions with role models, expressive activities, and certainly Ms. Baderinwa’s impassioned keynote, the girls left with an uplifting feeling, that they will be able to overcome anything that’s put in their way.”

Baderinwa with one of the high school students attending the event / Image courtesy of Monroe College
Baderinwa with one of the high school students attending the event / Image courtesy of Monroe College

Ms. Baderinwa said she would donate the honorarium she received to Get Reel with your Dreams, her foundation that provides scholarships and opportunities in media, film, and the arts.

Monroe will host hundreds of high school boys in Stand… for epic impact!, the annual Male Empowerment event on April 23.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, is ranked among the top higher education schools in the country for graduating minority students.  Founded in 1933, the New York-based college is a private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu

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