JANUARY 25, 2017, Century City, CA
The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment program has partnered with Discovery Communications’ Say Yes to the Prom initiative to provide scholarships, internships, mentoring services, and networking opportunities to students in several major cities across the United States.
“It really provides a level of self-esteem,” Jada Pinkett Smith said “You’d be surprised to see how something like this can give a young person the energy to be able to participate in the world in a positive way. You’ve got young people who are preparing for their future. This is an opportunity to put them in that state of mind to encourage them to go in the right direction.”
The Careers In Entertainment partnership with Discovery was unveiled at the Say Yes to the Prom event at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.
As part of the partnership, Discovery and the foundation have launched the Discovery/Careers in Entertainment Fellowship program to endow 20 college scholarships and establish more internships. Say Yes to the Prom participants will have access to various programs through the foundation’s CIE initiative and Discovery’s educational and outreach activities.
“Women and youth are my passion,” Smith continued… “I am deeply inspired by the young people that I come in contact with through this program.”