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Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women: Maritza Alarcon, Co-creator of the MOVE Program

Maritza was honored as one of Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women at the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Read about the other honorees here.

Name:
Maritza R. Alarcón
 
Your website (if applicable):
move-nyc.org
 

Your “claim to fame” – aka why you were part of Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women!:

Maritza was honored by Glamour because she co-created the MOVE program.
 
Maritza was unable to fill out her Glamour Women of the Year interview because she is currently volunteering in Accra, Ghana. She explained in an email, “My heart has been fixed on this dream for years!”
 
According to move-nyc.org, the MOVE Program’s mission is:
 
Motivation Opportunity Viability Enterprise, Inc. (MOVE) is a leading youth organization aimed at increasing college matriculation rates at NYC public high schools. In 2007, we founded MOVE in our final year of college and chose to finance this start-up initiative out-of-pocket. Today, MOVE is a fully funded organization run by many of these same individuals and engages hundreds of young altruistic professionals. We share many of the same attributes and backgrounds as our students, which has helped us develop a holistic college preparatory program tailored for low-income students. With your partnership, we have the opportunity to bring about systemic change that will have an enduring effect on the lives of New York’s City’s underprivileged youth.
 
Explained on the front page of the site are ways to donate to the program. A sample of how your donation to the program will help students: $25 will purchase an SAT prep text book, $50, a scholar’s first college visit, and $100 will fund a monthly development workshop session.
 
Best of luck to Maritza for the rest of her time in Ghana—we know she is doing amazing things!

Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.  
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