Focus: Administration | Mentor: Julie McLeod
When Jackie Rotman was 14, she had a dream about creating a dance outreach program for underserved youth. Others had told her that she was too young to make it happen, but she was determined, and contacted Julie McLeod for help. Julie said, “Let’s go, Jackie!” With Julie’s mentorship and guidance, Jackie created Everybody Dance Now! (EDN!), an after-school program where teens teach free dance classes to Santa Barbara youth, instilling self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles. As the program grew, Jackie enlisted and mentored other teens that would serve as dance leaders.
Today, EDN! has their own nonprofit status and offers more than 50 classes per week in 5 cities and has served more than 10,000 youth across the nation. EDN! has been featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and Jackie was recently highlighted in Glamour’s article,” Top 10 College Women”, meanwhile also lecturing on TEDx Talks. She is a scholarship graduate of Stanford University and has been an Executive Director of SPARK, the nation’s largest young professionals’ network. She is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration in a combined program that Harvard Business School and Stanford University created for her.
“Julie has been a phenomenal mentor who has inspired my life in so many ways. She responded to a ‘PS’ line in an email creating a dance program for underserved youth. Julie’s guidance on every aspect of the organization from grant writing to budget creation has contributed so much to its success.”
— Jackie Rotman, Emerging Artist
Today Jackie and Julie remain great friends.
“We call each other for advice, or a shoulder to cry on. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing talented young people develop their creativity, live their dreams, and help others to do the same. Mentorship is truly exponential.” — Julie McLeod, Mentor & Founder of Art Without Limits