WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center announced that First Lady of The United States of America, Michelle Obama, will serve as Honorary Chair of its 2015 National Capital A Cinderella Ball in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama is a role model to so many young people, and because of her leadership, more teens will make a strong dedication to serving the causes of their peers, changing the lives of children who are mistreated because they are different.
To be held on May 31, 2015 at The Willard, Washington, DC, the tenth anniversary Ball honors children living with a disability or life-threatening illness from military families who are many times sidelined from societal events. The annual gala includes the private dinner, entertainment, award presentation highlighting inspirational moments of these courageous children, and the after-party Ball. The Ball is a quality-of-life public service initiative given by pre-teen and teen members of The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center. This act of kindness is appreciated and further enabled by collaboration with community members, business partners, and foundations.
The National Capital A Cinderella Ball has improved the lives of thousands of children and their families. The Ball will highlight The House, Inc.’s decade of passion and dedication to improve high-school graduation rates, college access, and equality of opportunity in the communities it serves through its innovative youth development programs.
“I am honored to acknowledge the commitment of the First Lady to the National Capital A Cinderella Ball,” said Helen McCormick, President and Founder of The House, Inc. "Having such prominent support as the First Lady is a testament to the powerful mission and message of The House, Inc.’s youth advocacy and public service initiatives."
About The House, Inc.
A nationally recognized youth development program and developer of the National Capital A Cinderella Ball, The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center is an originator and provider of out-of-school time programs for pre-teens and teens in Greater Washington, DC. Now in its tenth year, The House, Inc. program initiatives work to improve health, education, and employment outcomes for middle and high school students. Helping students achieve college access is its 1K Destination: Graduation college readiness and scholarship initiative. The 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington recognized The House, Inc. as "One of the Best" nonprofits of the year. The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
When people ask First Lady Michelle Obama to describe herself, she doesn't hesitate to say that first and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha's mom.
But before she was a mother — or a wife, lawyer, or public servant — she was Fraser and Marian Robinson's daughter.
The Robinsons lived in a brick bungalow on the South Side of Chicago. Fraser was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department, and despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, he hardly ever missed a day of work. Marian stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother Craig, skillfully managing a busy household filled with love, laughter, and important life lessons.
A product of Chicago public schools, Michelle Robinson studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met Barack Obama, the man who would become the love of her life.
After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.
In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university's first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
Mrs. Obama has continued her efforts to support and inspire young people during her time as First Lady.
In 2010, she launched Let’s Move!, bringing together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Whether it's providing healthier food in our schools, helping kids be more physically active, or urging companies to market healthier foods to our children, Let’s Move! is focused on giving parents the support they need to make healthier choices for their kids.
In 2011, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
In 2014, Mrs. Obama launched the Reach HigherInitiative, an effort to inspire young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. Reach Higher aims to ensure that all students understand what they need to complete their education by working to expose students to college and career opportunities; helping them understand financial aid eligibility; encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities; and supporting high school counselors who do essential work to help students get into college.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama looks forward to continuing her work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping children lead healthier lives, and encouraging all our young people to fulfill their boundless promise.
Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters: Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13. Like their mother, the girls were born on the South Side of Chicago.
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Bio courtesy of http://www.whitehouse.gov