For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the fifth consecutive year, The Guiding Light Leadership Program (GLLP) under the leadership of Donna Cooper, Region Vice President, District of Columbia, and Kim Watson, Region Vice President, Maryland Affairs, brought together 12 of the area's brightest students to be mentored by Pepco business executives while gaining exposure to one of Greater Washington's largest employers.
"Executive mentorship of high school seniors is a vital component of The Guiding Light Leadership Program," said Thomas Graham, President, Pepco Region and founder of the program. "The students become mentees, then develop a personal relationship with a successful business professional, giving them a rare opportunity to jump start their futures."
Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of Schools for the Prince George's County Public School System attended the closing ceremony. Dr. Hite stated, "The Guiding Light Leadership Program establishes a valuable mentor relationship for our students. By allowing them to interact with key business executives and senior managers from Pepco, it brings their future dreams closer to reality."
Students who participate in the program follow certain selection criteria, consisting of the following:
The GLLP curriculum is designed to give students information on tangible and intangible success factors that can be applied to school, work, or personal life. Full-day training sessions are structured such that time is allocated for mentors and mentees to engage in one-on-one conversations. Mentors deliver instructional materials on pre-identified subjects, provided in advance by Pepco's External Affairs staff.
The mentors provide students with valuable information in the following areas:
"At the completion of the program, each student receives a $2,500 scholarship to the college of their admission," said Cooper.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.