Tiffany Haddish’s “She Ready” slogan takes on a new meaning for her latest venture.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress and comedian has announced that she’s partnered with career accelerator Ready to Succeed to launch an internship program for foster youth in the new year.
The goal for the program is to place these foster youth in positions at Haddish’s production company, She Ready Prods, and offer tangible job opportunities in media, arts, and entertainment.
Haddish has previously been vocal about her upbringing growing up in the foster care system. Now she wants to be a vessel for other less fortunate children to give them opportunities she would’ve hoped to have at their age.
“I believe that children that come from different cultures deserve a chance to work in the industry,” she told THR. “and I would like people that look like me to be able to represent me too in the industry.”
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According to the official website, the She Ready Internship Program “connects transition-age foster youth with transformative experiences in the media, arts and entertainment industries. The program is supported by Tiffany Haddish’s She Ready Foundation and Ready To Succeed, a Career Accelerator for foster youth, who will provide training, mentorship and ongoing support.”
The program will provide more access and opportunities, as well as operate as a pipeline for young talent that could ultimately result in a more inclusive entertainment industry.
Perks of the She Ready Internship Program include paid internships, mentorship, financial stipends to cover transportation and other work-related expenses as well as a “suitcase” filled with resources that will help prepare participants for their work.
The program’s message drives home how important the foster care system is to Haddish reading:
“She Ready Foundation believes that foster children deserve an equal opportunity for a normal childhood. Founder Tiffany Haddish has made it her goal to empower, support and encourage children living in the foster care system. She knows all too well what it’s like to move from home to home in the middle of the night with all her belongings packed in garbage bags and feel like the world has forgotten about her.”
Finalists for the program are set to be selected in February 2021.
For more information about the She Ready Internship Program, click here.