Jewels Academy is hosting Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels, a dynamic virtual fundraising event taking place on Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. CST.   

You will not want to miss this special event! 

Since 2012, Jewels Academy has reached over 14,200 students in community events and served over 687 program attendees throughout the United States.  100% of High School Peer Mentors seek higher education or formal professional training with 75% choosing to study in a STEM field.  In 2020, Jewels Academy awarded over $16,200 in college scholarships.  Proceeds from the event will sustain our ongoing mission to provide young women the competitive edge needed to succeed academically producing innovative and conscientious leaders.  Jewels Academy is recognized year after year for award-winning programming and received the 2021 Seal of Approval from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. 


Thank you to our newest Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels sponsors! 
EquiTrust- Emerald Sponsor
Paul & Claudia Schickler and III A, LLC - Emerald Sponsor
The University of Iowa- Diamond Sponsor
Individual Donors 

Alumna meeting sponsors in preparation for the Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels Event. 
From left Jada (recent college grad), Dr. Wayne, Ms. Rosemary, Senior VP of Administration & Community Relations


Host Site Spotlight

New RISE Host Site Empowers Girls in STEM
Story by Julia DiGiacomo
RISE AmeriCorps' new host site, Jewels Academy, is sparking interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for girls from underrepresented communities. Through math tutoring and 8–10 STEM workshops per year, girls are learning skills to help them succeed in high school, university, and future STEM careers. 

Jewels Academy’s upcoming project is the “Young Emerging Scientist Virtual App Camp” for 4th through 9th grade girls. The main focus will be the design and creation of an app that students can access on their phones. 
Elise Baty, Jewels Academy’s new RISE AmeriCorps Member, will help organize and facilitate the summer camp along with staff. She will help girls troubleshoot technological issues and help them develop business plans for their newfound apps. Check out the full story
Have you ordered your student design t-shirt to support Jewels Academy?  Well stop by our store and order today!  

Jada A. - Iowa State University B.S. in Psychology and minor Biology
Lucy W. - Valley High School - Headed to Purdue, Cyber Security
Kamryn W. - Piper High School - Headed to ISU, Animal Science
Kaseia T. - Headed to Lincoln University in Missouri
Amara M. - Headed to Luther College, Criminal Psychology
Blythe Kelly - Headed to ISU, software engineering 

Check out our Wall of Brilliance for more!

Leadership Spotlight:
Meet Katina Reese, Treasurer and Fundraiser Chair
Katina is an 18 Year Telecommunications/IT Program Manager and worked in companies such as Tellabs/ATT/Verizon Wireless, and Alcatel-Lucent. She is currently an Engineering Program Manager at Microsoft in the Azure/Cloud space. During her career, she has managed multi-million-dollar services driving the development of new opportunities. She excels at developing and fostering key customer relationships, cross-functional management among various divisions, and creating processes and procedures to meet the strategic goals and objectives of a company. Katina has a B.S. in Computer engineering from Mississippi State University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Church Home Small Group Leader Community, Scrum Alliance, and PMI National Organization.
Katina has a niche for building financial wealth and philanthropic endeavors. She owns a +$1MIL real estate & stock investment portfolio and managed multiple retail businesses. Her vision is to empower others to thrive in life through #Healthy Living, and #Financial Astuteness through #Technological Advancements.
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