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This year marks the inauguration of The Hollywood Reporter/Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

The program has been developed by THR in close association with Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is funded by our parent, the Nielsen Co., and also by Gersh.

Twelve girls from inner-city high schools have been paired with 12 high-profile women -- 11 from our Power 100 list and THR editor Elizabeth Guider.

The girls, chosen through a rigorous process that took into consideration their GPA, performance at school and an individual essay, will now spend one afternoon every two weeks in the office of their mentor. Each girl will get to see how life inside the entertainment industry works and take part in a program tailored specifically for her by each mentor.

For more information, e-mail Stephen.Galloway@THR.com.

The mentees:

 
Tanisha Forest
Age: 17
High School: Crenshaw High School
Favorite Book: "The Color Purple"
Role Model: My role model is my mother because she is so strong and determined. My mother is so happy, loving and caring. I want to be able to be as strong as her and provide my kids with lots of care.
Mentor: Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, Fremantle Media North America

 
Sonia Gonzalez
Age: 16
High School: Santee Education Complex
Favorite Movie: "Paranormal Activity"
Role Model: I have a role model I have never met: My cousin. She lives in Mexico and she has inspired me even though she doesn't know. She made it to a university and I want to follow in her footsteps.
Mentor: Linda Bell Blue, executive producer, "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider"

 
Joanna Cabrera
Age: 16
High School: Santee Education Complex
What I want to do as a profession: Lawyer or politician
Role Model: My mother because she is a strong woman that gives her kids all she can. She is independent and motivates my brothers and I to do our best in whatever we do.
Mentor: Melanie Cook, partner, Ziffren Brittenham

 
Nayeli Henriquez
Age: 16
High School: Santee Education Complex
Favorite Book: "A Cry At Night"
Role Model: Jacqueline Bispo, because she is very fun and outgoing also because she is a great person and a very great teacher that we can learn from.
Mentor: Leslie Siebert, senior managing partner, Gersh

 
Georgina Portillo
Age: 16
High School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Favorite Movie: "Wall-E"
Role Model: Both parents, because they never give up when tough times come, give me useful tools for life, always support me and love me, always cheer me up, and taught me Spanish as a toddler, which is very useful.
Mentor: Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks; president, Disney-ABC Television Group

 
Ernestina Garcia
Age: 16
High School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Favorite Book: "Twilight"
Role Model: My oldest brother, Lovie Garcia, because when my family came to the U.S. they didn't have very much and my oldest brother always worked hard and loved school, and now he has reached everything he has ever wanted. He makes me want to be better.
Mentor: Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures

 
Stefany Espana
Age: 16
High School: Santee Education Complex
What I want to do as a profession: Pediatrician
Role Model: My role model is my older sister Katherine. She is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley. She has taught me to be outgoing and hardworking. She is helpful and caring and has taught me that working hard pays off.
Mentor: Mary Parent, chairman of worldwide motion picture group and office of the CEO, MGM

 
Aileen Renteria
Age: 16
High School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Favorite Movie: "Pride and Prejudice"
Role Model: My role model would be my dad because he has always encouraged me to achieve higher. He works hard and therefore I feel encouraged to work hard as well.
Mentor: Donna Langley, co-chairman, Universal Pictures

 
Maira Solis
Age: 16
High School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
What I want to do as a profession: Musician
Role Model: My first music teacher, Mr. Gil de Montes, inspired me to learn music and pursue my dreams. He gave me many opportunities to play different events and provided me with lessons from the Los Angeles Music and Art School where I continue to study and enjoy every second of it.
Mentor: Nancy Josephson, partner, WME

 
Karla Trujillo
Age: 16
High School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Favorite Book: "The Outsiders"
Role Model: My grandmother, now passed. She was so loving and always treated others well. She taught me to see the good side in people.
Mentors: Amy Baer, president and CEO, CBS Films

 
Ivanique Dooley
Age: 17
High School: Crenshaw High School
What I want to do as a profession: Be a famous writer
Role Model: My mom because she's been there for me through everything. She is always there when I need a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk to about anything in my life.
Mentor: Elizabeth Guider, editor, The Hollywood Reporter

 
Name: Jasmine Brown
Age: 16
High School: Crenshaw High School
What I want to do as a profession: Fashion stylist
Role Model: Angela Simons because she has her own fashion shoe line, she's never been in any bad blogs and she's not a sellout. She knows where she came from and doesn't let the fame get to her.
Mentor: Andrea Wong, president and CEO, Lifetime
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