Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors HUMANITAS Studio Partner Jennifer Salke


salke-mainBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles honored The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Ahmanson Foundation president William H. Ahmanson at its annual "Big Bash" gala at the Beverly Hilton on Friday night.

THR was presented with the organization's Trailblazer Award for its commitment to empowering youth. Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, accepted the award alongside Lynne Segall, executive vp and group publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, and Stephen Galloway, THR executive editor, features. Anne Sweeney presented the award to the trio together with Min and Segall’s former mentees from THR’s mentorship program.

“It’s great to have the work of the women who have participated in the Women in Entertainment mentorship program to be recognized in this way, and I feel that’s what’s represented by The Hollywood Reporter getting the Trailblazer Award tonight,” Min said. “It’s the involvement of so many amazing women in Hollywood who have devoted so much time year after year to helping girls and developing lifelong relationships.”

THR has been an instrumental pioneer in bridging the gap between the entertainment industry and youth in Los Angeles through its annual mentorship program, which pairs high-achieving teenage girls from some of L.A.’s toughest high schools with leading women in entertainment. Founded by Galloway in 2009, the program has increased from 12 mentees in 2010 to a confirmed 20 for 2015 and strives to build confidence in female youth.

“What’s wonderful about this program is we started so small, but really with Janice’s support, it’s grown so much bigger than it was. Now we’re giving scholarships, and when Loyola Marymount University came in and said they were going to give two girls a full-ride scholarship worth half a million dollars, to see how it’s changed the girls’ lives is extraordinary,” Galloway said.

Galloway said he is equally grateful to Salke for her dedication to the mentorship program: “Jennifer Salke is one of the most extraordinary mentors. I’ve seen her e-mails at six o’clock in the morning, at midnight, back and forth with her mentee, now at LMU, to make sure her roommate situation is OK. She’s running a network, and she’s still taking care of this girl. It’s extraordinary. That’s more important than anything.”

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