Sam Woollard never would have expected that her purchase of a home would help 20 young woman leaders embark on a life-altering trip to Costa Rica, but that’s exactly what happened when she partnered with Give Realty for her recent move to Shady Hollow.
Woollard has been a supporter of the Ann Richards School for Young Woman Leaders (ARS) since it opened in 2007. The public college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12 was founded to empower young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills and confidence necessary to pursue a college education and go on to pursue influential roles in their careers.
This summer, ARS took the girls on a Spanish Immersion trip to complete service work and to prepare them for a Spanish placement exam that could potentially position them to test out of college courses.
“Travel has been an essential part of my life and I want to provide an opportunity for others to also have the experience,” says Woollard.
“Sam is amazing,” praises ARS Executive Director Michelle Krejci. “She has a vast network in the Austin nonprofit community and a big heart. The education of lower-income girls is her focus and she is aware of the impact international travel will have on their perspectives on life.”
Woollard strongly believes the trip “will offer some young woman leaders an opportunity to experience travel, a new culture and learn a new language. This experience will set the tone for a lifetime of positive milestones.”
You can visit annrichardsschool.org/ to follow Sam’s lead and help support future transformative trips.
Three Ways to Help the Ann Richards School for Young Woman Leaders
1. Become a volunteer. Visit annrichardsschool.org to learn how to help. Mentors are needed to extend support and guidance to a student in a one-on-one relationship.
2. Make a donation. By donating to ARS programming, you can help the organization reach their goal of sending 100% of their students to college.
3. Speak at Career Day. ARS offers a unique focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education (where women are traditionally underrepresented) and needs speakers from these fields to discuss and introduce their careers with students.