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Enterprise Funds Launch of The Girls’ Network’s Ambassador Community

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Is Donating £250,000 Over Five Years

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has donated £250,000 over five years to The Girls’ Network to fund the launch of its Ambassador Community, an ambitious network of young women living, working and studying across the country. The donation is part of Enterprise’s ROAD Forward initiative, a $55 million fund to support social and racial equity projects across the world.

Enterprise will also create a bespoke program of workshops, events and job shadowing opportunities for young women at The Girls’ Network. Enterprise employees will also mentor girls through the charity’s partner schools across the country.

The Ambassador Community is an inclusive network of young women with one thing in common – every member has been one of 2,000 former mentees from The Girls’ Network program. With a decline in youth services, and limited access to professional role models, the Ambassador Community provides young women with a foundation of support on which to build their future.

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional female role models. The charity was set up in 2013 by schoolteachers Charly Young and Becca Dean in response to the multiple barriers facing young women, including limited confidence and self-belief and the pressure to conform to perceived norms.

Now in its ninth year, The Girls’ Network delivers transformational results by pairing more than 1,200 girls each year with a mentor via relationships with schools across the country. After taking part in the mentoring journey, 98% of mentees said their confidence had improved, 81% said mentoring helped them focus more on schoolwork, and 98% said their mentor helped them feel more positive about the future.

"Networks that encourage people to support and learn from one another are hugely powerful," Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility and Charity Events Manager Simon Caughey-Rogers said. "That’s why we were excited at the opportunity of funding the creation of a women’s mentoring community with The Girls’ Network.

"Mentoring is central to Enterprise’s employee culture as it is beneficial for both the mentor and the mentee. Enabling women to support other women through their student and working lives will help to build a stronger workplace for all.”

"It has been my dream to create a network that inspires and empowers girls and young women to grab hold of their unlimited futures," The Girls’ Network CEO and co-founder Charly Young said. "The year-long mentoring is transformative but it’s not the end of the story.

"The Ambassador Community provides a life-long support network, with champions, role models and opportunities they may not otherwise have access to, but which will support them to realise their ambitions. As this community grows, we look forward to welcoming ambassadors back to the network as mentors themselves, inspiring the next generation and creating a ripple effect.

“We are so grateful to Enterprise for giving us the long-term funding to help us achieve this ambition. It means we can have a long-term, deep impact and support even more young women to realize their ambitions, discover their self-worth and develop their capacity to shape their world and their future.”

Enterprise’s ROAD (Respect, Opportunity, Achievement, Diversity) Forward program is a global initiative launched by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, aimed at strengthening and supporting the communities where the company operates. It provides funding to projects that open up opportunity for people who lack access to resources in education, health, and wellbeing.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work.

Enterprise is committed to championing diverse and inclusive workplace and has dedicated programs to attract, retain and develop female employees. The company has been included in every Times Top 50 Employers For Women ranking over the past 16 years.

"When my mentoring journey came to an end I was excited to become a part of the Ambassador Community because of the endless opportunities," former The Girls' Network mentee and current ambassador Farheen Khan said. "The Ambassador Community is an inclusive network that helps me develop as a person and see a positive change for the future.

"I have access to networking with like-minded individuals and professionals, gaining work experience, and attending workshops, which include the offer to work alongside The Girls' Network team to shape the way the community serves us moving forward. This is important to me because it helps me envision my dreams and see the full potential in creating a change for young women.

"I was excited to become a part of the Ambassador Community when my mentoring journey came to an end because I knew it was the start of something new and bigger," former The Girls' Network mentee and current ambassador Aliyah Chaumoo said. "It was the chance to make new networks and meet like-minded people, who may become key in my later life and career.

"To me, the Ambassador Community is a wonderful group of girls and women who are always readily available to talk to. I am so grateful to be part of this network, not just for the people but also for the opportunities. I am lucky enough to work alongside The Girls' Network team to shape the way the community serves us moving forward. This is important to me because I can connect with other open-minded individuals to discuss our futures and the futures of the next generation of ambassadors."

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings manages the largest and most diverse privately-owned fleet in the world through an integrated network of more than 9,500 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations. This global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises also operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand – as well as the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands – in more than 90 countries and territories. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management currently manage more than 1.85 million vehicles and employ more than 75,000 worldwide. The organization accounted for nearly $23.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2021.

Enterprise Holdings manages the largest and most diverse privately-owned fleet in the world through an integrated network of more than 9,500 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations. This global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises also operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand – as well as the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands – in more than 90 countries and territories. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management currently manage more than 1.85 million vehicles and employ more than 75,000 worldwide. The organization accounted for nearly $23.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2021.

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About The Girls' Network

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women. It supports more than 1,200 girls a year via relationships with schools in London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Liverpool and Merseyside. Professional volunteers are trained in mentoring and safeguarding by The Girls’ Network and meet their mentees at least once a month for a year. Mentoring is a journey, helping mentees get from where they are to where they want to be. 

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women. It supports more than 1,200 girls a year via relationships with schools in London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Liverpool and Merseyside. Professional volunteers are trained in mentoring and safeguarding by The Girls’ Network and meet their mentees at least once a month for a year. Mentoring is a journey, helping mentees get from where they are to where they want to be. 

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