Preparing our young women to be Fuerte/Strong is our priority. Program runs in the Spring.

  • About the program

    The FUERTE program will immerse the young women of color in learning key success skills that will prepare her for the dynamics of the workplace. She will be challenged, taught key life disciplines, and she will learn how to have her voice heard; all while also receive mentoring and coaching throughout the duration of the program.

    The program is unique in that it mirrors the army’s 10-week boot camp. We use experiential learning to teach the key success skills in order to make the learning more memorable. Additionally, there are 5-week internship opportunities to the graduates post the 10-weeks. And, the opportunity for short-term paid project work for outside companies.

  • How the Program works
    10-weeks long each Spring
    Location: Berwyn Park District and at IMSA in Aurora
  • The key tools of leadership
    The program will immerse the young woman of color in key success skills required to thrive in Corporate America and/or other organizations. The program is comprised of 10 key skills:

    • Commitment/Trust
    • Understanding Your Strengths
    • Critical/Creative Thinking
    • Teamwork
    • Personal Presence/ Story Telling
    • Dealing with Conflict
    • Challenging Your Limiting Beliefs
    • Project & Presentation Skills
    • Confidence & Using Your Voice
    • Leveraging Your Network

  • Who should apply

    • Between the ages of 24-30
    • Undergraduate degree or in process
    • Aspires to have a business career
    • Can attend all 10 sessions

  • Participants benefits

    • A cohort who will support and encourage your growth and development
    • An exclusive 10-week program with a carefully selected cohort
    • Relevant group project
    • Learn how to effectively navigate the workplace landscape
    • Experience Ten culturally based, highly interactive and creative sessions
    • Learn to Use cultural skills in the global work environment
    • Focus on your health and wellness
    • Career coaching
    • Books
    • Mentors assigned to team
    • Access to other ambitious young Latinas in your cohort
    • Access to instructors who have a passion to see you succeed
    • Opportunity to a 5-week internship after the program
    • Opportunity to apply for paid project work

  • Program Cost

    Value: $4,000
    Your Cost: $1,000 ( includes books, workbooks, backpacks, water bottles, branded t-shirt, new professional resume, coaching, fees for high ropes, workouts, etc.)
    $200 Deposit to guarantee your spot in the program
  • Employer Benefits
    A credentialed young woman of color who has been trained on key success skills that will improve her ability to thrive and grow in your organization.
  • Curriculum Includes

    Week Zero:  Transformation Begins.

    This is preparation time for each student. She will buy the class material and ensure that every Saturday is marked on her calendar. She will announce departure from the normal routines for the next 10 weeks to family and friends.

     Week One:  Fall In Reception.

    Meet your team, rules and regulations, and the process for the next 10 weeks. The topic is Commitment. The emphasis will be on the importance of being her word. A social event will be part of the day and begin the process of collaboration. Mentors will be in attendance at the social event.

    Week Two: Understanding Your Strengths .

    Understanding your strengths and values and the message you are communicating to the world will be explored. We will use Strengthsfinders to look inwardly and then garner in understanding of how to better connect with others.

    Week Three:  Trials-Critical & Creative Thinking.

    Through a series of challenging exercises the students will learn how to think on their feet. They will also have to use creativity to get themselves out of tough situations. This class will prepare the students to use impulse control and flexibility during stressful times.

    Week Four: Building Confidence .

    Confidence requires getting out of your comfort zone. We challenge each student with several improv exercises that require them to think and act fast and to let go of fear of speaking up in public. This class is quite transformational in that each student realizes that they have a powerful voice.

    Week Five:  Personal Presence.

    The students will conduct an audit of their personal brand. They will learn how to communicate and strengthen their personal brand, including developing an elevator speech.

    Week Six: Telling Your Story .

    Understanding your story is the beginning of knowing how to connect with others. We will learn how to use story telling techniques to help the students project themselves with confidence and strength.

    Week Seven:  Dealing with Conflict.

    It is inevitable that conflict exist in the workplace. We will provide key skills that will enable the students to have impulse control, stronger interpersonal skills, flexibility and empathy.

    Week Eight:  Teamwork

    Learning to operate in a team environment is a key skill to master. We will learn how this is done in a High Ropes course, which will call on team support and team strategy.

    Week Nine: Combat Skill Development-GRIT.

    Dr. Angela Duckwork’s research indicates that GRIT is the secret ingredient to success. We will teach the students perseverance through a series of experiential exercises.

    Week Ten: Victory Forged.

    Each student will demonstrate key learnings including project management, and presentation skills as they make formal presentations to a panel.

    : Graduation & Celebration Ceremony.