The Gloucester Institute has accepted VWC senior social work major Jasmine Motley and sophomore criminal justice major Lauren Amos into its 2014 Emerging Leaders Program. The Emerging Leaders Program equips minorities with core writing, speaking and critical thinking skills while providing unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. “It’s amazing that so many people believe in me who I’ve never met,” said Motley. “I am honored to be one of the first representatives from VWC.” The Gloucester Institute was founded Kay Coles James, member of the NASA Advisory Council and former director for the United States Office of Personnel Management and former dean of Regent University’s School of Government, to provide minority students with the tools, opportunities, and resources to cultivate a “solutionist” outlook on how to create change within the African American and Latino communities. “These could not be two more deserving young women,” said Lena Johnson, Director of the Office of International and Intercultural Programs at VWC. “Having an opportunity to become part of a social and professional network this early in their chosen professions will surely set them apart from their peers.” The program provides insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through trainings, lectures, professional branding workshops, meetings with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, networking and mentoring. For more information on the Gloucester Institute or how to become a part of the Emerging Leaders Program visit their website.