1. “I didn’t know how much i would grow…”

“Going into the interview process, I had basic knowledge that the 500 Festival Princess Program was amazing. I knew that I would be able to have a lot of volunteer opportunities and grow as an individual. However, I didn’t know how much I would grow, or the amount of amazing opportunities this program would give me. I don’t think that is something that can be researched online, I think that is something you recognize once you go through the experience.”

2. “The princess program exceeded my expectations and goals…”

“The Princess Program exceeded my expectations and goals. I have never come across a program that entails leadership development, professional growth, volunteer opportunities, and a way to make several new friends (the princesses, the staff, and any community members I talked to).

3. “I loved all of the opportunities I was given… “

“I loved all of the opportunities I was given through the 500 Festival Princess Program. I learned how to give back to various communities in multiple ways, attended community outreaches that taught me so many things, attend Education Program Study Trips and encouraged kids to work hard in school, served as a role model to so many young girls, attended the 500 Festival events. This program allows for growth in ways that I never thought were possible.”

4. “There are so many skills i have developed through this program…”

“Looking back, I wish I could have told myself at that point that I was going to grow in ways I never thought could happen within a short amount of time. I learned a lot through the Princess Program’s leadership development program. I was able to understand how to actually define networking and how handwritten letters make way more of an impact for individuals than an email does. I learned how to handle conflict in the workforce, understanding my role on a team, and how to resolve conflict in an appropriate manner. I learned about civic engagement and how my aim should be to create relationships with people not for the intention of “networking”, but understanding that having relationships with others is one of the best ways to gain happiness in life. I learned that there are so many different careers in the world that I could pursue, and that it’s okay to not stick to one my entire life. There are so many skills I have developed through this program and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know these skills will go far beyond this program and help me in all aspects of my life.”

5. “I loved that i could be a role model…”

“I loved the 500 Festival’s Education Program and mobile study trips! I loved being able to work with kids, inspire the little girls to one day apply to the program, and encourage them all to stay in school! It’s amazing how much little kids will pay attention when someone has a crown on, but I loved that I could be a role model to them and inspire them to work hard in school and be kind to everyone.”


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