Embrace Her Legacy empowers, educates and inspires millennial women and girls to births dreams, be whole  and achieve a legacy of purpose and success. We offer co-curricular and education programs, personal development classes & resources, keynote motivational speeches, tailored events, and community  designed to inspire millennial women and girls intentionally build a purpose-driven legacy.

Offered under the Embrace Her Legacy framework, our Embrace Her Legacy Academy (formerly the Made to Succeed Academy) is a co-curricular program offered to success-oriented, high-school girls in the New York City area. The curriculum is a workshop series with the focal point as the overall well-being, empowerment, personal & leadership development and professional success of young women. The workshop series is offered as a two week immersive and intensive course with targeted empowerment and personal development workshops while connecting students to esteemed professional women who will serve as positive role-models and trainers from a wide-array of industry sectors (i.e. – entrepreneurship, accounting/finance, fashion and merchandising, business development, marketing, television and radio communications, life-coaching, health and beauty, the non-profit sector, editing and authors etc.) who will serve as guest instructors and cultivate relationships for mentorship and leadership development with participating students. 

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Embrace Her Legacy is offering this program to a distinguished group of young women in our area. Only a select number of students throughout the entire NYC area will be accepted into the program. Accepted students will also gain the opportunity to serve as Embrace Her Legacy High-School Ambassadors.

High school ambassadors are high-school girls who complete the program and possess strong leadership skills to represent Embrace Her Legacy at their respective schools.

Students who successfully complete the Embrace Her Legacy Academy and become Embrace Her Legacy High School Ambassadors gain access to:

  • Recommendation letters for college applications, internships & career opportunities from Embrace Her Legacy founder, Maria I. Melendez
  • Qualify for an internship with Embrace Her Legacy
  • Qualify for a mentorship by Embrace Her Legacy founder and other esteemed, professional women in Embrace Her Legacy network.
  • Develop professional relationships with empowered, professional women who are invited as guest speakers to the program
  • Complimentary access to all Embrace Her Legacy events (virtual & live events, including our online learning center – Embrace Her Legacy University)
  • Access to free and discounted Embrace Her Legacy swag items

Students you’ll get to: 

  • Learn how to design and build your best life
  • Meet women who’ve been through what you’re going thru, we can help you get where you want to go
  • How to gain clarity to achieve your education and career goals
  • Create your own personal success plan
  • Learn financial success techniques
  • Enjoy a free space to talk  – You’ll get to write down questions and we’ll answer them in a group setting
  • Learn how to make your dreams come true
  • Meet with girls who are motivated and driven just like you
  • Manage your time better
  • Learn personal beauty and style tips to embrace professional and individual ized style
  • Learn how to be comfortable in your own skin
  • How to deal with your personal relationships (yes even boys!)
  • Learn how to discover who you are
  • Kick fear to the curb


Our objective is to empower high-achieving students to become confident young women with a positive self-worth and self-image while also creating a framework for young women to lead purpose-driven lives and achieve personal and professional goals. 

The overall style of the workshop series is empowering, impactful and engaging with open dialogue. Our founder and master trainer, Maria I. Melendez, eloquently uses her unique style of transparency, wit, expertise and warm-spirit while providing a framework and takeaway which students can effectively apply to their overall personal development, self-esteem and professional success to successfully navigate professional and personal goals. 

Along with the curriculum-based workshop series focused on the empowerment, leadership, personal and professional development of our students, we create an environment where students will also cultivate powerful relationships with influential trainers including our founder & CEO, who is an author, motivational speaker who coaches and mentors young women all over the NYC area.  

Embrace Her Legacy will have several esteemed professional women to participate in a special panel discussion event and who will also serve as specialty trainers to not only extend their valuable knowledge and experience but to also develop potential mentorship relationships with the young women in the program.

Our support from these women in the past have hailed from industries in media, banking, entrepreneurship, event planning, fashion merchandising, finance, education, non-profit sector, authors and more.

This program is ideal for students who are high-achieving, college-bound, bright and highly career and education oriented who want to develop strategic relationships with sophisticated, success-driven, like-minded women while growing in personal and leadership development.

We pride ourselves in authenticity and assuring that students achieve their best life where students leave this program with not only a clear vision of success, but also a detailed framework of how to accomplish those goals. 

We use different meditation and visualization exercises, written assignments, lectures, experiential learning, sharing personal experiences and coaching techniques to motivate, educate and empower students. 

Each session will conclude with empowering, purpose-driven action-steps for students to actively engage in their overall personal development throughout the course. The curriculum has been tailored to focus on the challenges that a teenage girl faces today.

Our program is a unique learning series with targeted discussions, empowerment workshops and tailored development exercises in subject matters that vary from beauty and confidence to key principles of success to effective relationship building to goal-setting strategies to overcoming fear to achieve dreams. Led by our founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maria I. Melendez, our program has already been proven to be a success as you can read the testimonials below.


“The program has helped me re-focus on my power and potential as a woman. I am now determined more than ever because I know that if I follow the strategies you taught us, I will make a difference.”

“My favorite part of the program was gaining a mentor. Maria is someone I can emulate and learn from. I’m less fearful and discouraging towards my dreams and aspirations. I understand the immense power that I hold and how it can influence the many outcomes in my life.”

“I learned so much about the importance of forgiving my past and even though it is my story, its purpose is to find power in it and not to be put into a mindset of guilt and frustration. I have everything in my life to look forward to and you reminded me of that.” 

“I have become much more aware of the things I need to work on, whether it is how to love myself more or how to love others.”

 “I actually become more open. Since the program, I could say that I met new friends and made connections because this program made me less afraid to be who I am and want to be, and to do more!”

 “The program was actually better than what I expected because throughout the three/four weeks of the program, I followed many of the advices that Maria gave and was able to build better relationship with my friends and also myself.” 

“I hope that more young girls attend your program because I am positive this program will change them for the better, just as it did for me. I mean, my life is for the most part pretty much the same but I see slight changes in my behavior and I am sure I’ll remember your words and my life will take a turn down the road.”

Along with the curriculum-based program focused on the empowerment, wellness, personal and professional development of our girls, we are now creating an environment where our girls will also cultivate powerful relationships with influential women. Embrace Her Legacy will invite several esteemed professional women to participate in a special panel discussion event and who will also serve as guest speskers to not only extend their valuable knowledge and experience but to also develop potential mentorship relationships with the young women in the program.

Our support from these women in the past have hailed from industries in media, banking, entrepreneurship, event planning, fashion merchandising, finance, education, non-profit sector, authors and more.|

If you are a student who has a huge dream that you want to manifest or you want to develop relationships with sophisticated, success-driven, like-minded girls like yourself then this is THE program for you. We pride ourselves in authenticity and assuring that you achieve your best life. You will leave this program with not only a vision for your future, but also a framework of how to make you dreams a reality.

And we like to keep things real around here!

We want you to learn how to become who you have been called to be in order to honor what you have been called to do. You have a purpose to fulfill and these are a series of courses to empower you to grow in confidence and success. We will teach you how to set, define and achieve your goals to achieve your dreams, how to combat fear, how to embrace true confidence in this social media world, how to embrace the power of your story, how to develop a strong self-worth, how to develop meaningful professional and personal relationships, how to embrace your confidence and much more!

Furthermore, students in the program will gain the knowledge, tools, resources and information to effectively become young women who are whole leaders, manifesting their dreams, living purpose-driven lives and defeating the inevitable challenges along their journey! 


Brooklyn Technical High School
The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria 
Central Park East High School 
Cobble Hill High School 
Queens Prepatory Academy 
Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community and Development
Academy of Mount St Ursula
Monsignor Scanlan High School
High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Manhattan Center For Science And Mathematics
Uniondale High School
Fort Hamilton High School
Columbia Secondary School
Harlem Villages Academies High School
NYC iSchool
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
The Renaissance Charter School



  • Embracing the Power of Your Story – A confidence workshop focused on overcoming insecurities where we’ll discuss and have interactive activities on confidence, the power in your individual story and removing masks of perfection and insecurities. 
  • How to Face Your Fears to Win the Battlefield in Your Mind – A personal development and transformational workshop focused on creating a framework to empower students with the mindset of overcoming obstacles on the journey of professional and personal success while also learning how to identify fear and how to defeat negative thinking, speaking and acting in order to cultivate a positive mindset for attracting success. 
  • The 7 Major Keys of Accomplishing Your Goals An intensive personal development workshop where students will learn specific and proven strategies to effectively define, set and achieve personal and professional goals. Students will clearly create a vision plan and set goals in areas of career, education, income, family, finances, lifestyle and time-management. Students will learn to identify resources , develop a specific action plan for each goal and cultivate the motivation to achieve that plan. 
  • Developing Your Winning Circle of Influence Students will learn keys to developing powerful personal and professional relationships, professional relationship building/networking skills and how to implement boundaries in personal relationships. Also learning to identify signs of toxic or abusive relationships.
  • Women Who Are Made to Succeed Panel– A panel discussion/networking workshop discussion with several esteemed professional women on success, career, confidence and the opportunity for students to network/build relationships with our women.
  • The Age of the Selfie: Real Talk About Beauty & Confidence & Your Personal Brand – An empowerment workshop focused on learning how to embrace true confidence and high self-esteem while navigating through the pressures of social media while learning personal branding techniques to distinguish students from competitors for professional opportunities and college acceptance. 
  • Get Your Money Right: Financial Literacy 101: Financial literacy class focused on financial success principles
  • The 7 Deadly Limits of Becoming Legendary- Students will learn to identify common mistakes that can hinder one’s success like negative and limited thinking, failing to have a success plan, allowing others to measure success and strategies to identify and overcome these obstacles
  • Embrace Your Style and Dress for the Life You Want: An inner beauty and style coaching class for students to embrace individual style while navigating a professional career
  • Living a Purpose-Driven Legacy – A roundtable discussion focused on sisterhood and confidence and key takeaways for the program where students learn how to live in accordance to the legacy they like to leave.

National Opera Center
330 7th Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10001

Individual tuition cost for the program: $347 

Embrace Her Legacy is looking for New York City high-school girls who possess the following criteria to apply for the program:

  • Strong academic GPA
  • Possesses leadership qualities and potential
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Success and career-driven
  • Goal-oriented
  • Passionate about women/girl empowerment
  • Involved in academic or social organizations
  • Previous leadership and teamwork experience a plus
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive attitude

In order to be considered for the program, all interested applicants must complete the application form below. Once the applicant submits their application, an Embrace Her Legacy staff member will reach out via email to qualified applicants to set-up a phone interview or request any additional information.

Following the phone interview a final decision of the applicant’s status will be made and she will be notified via email whether she has been accepted to the program. Once accepted into the program, the applicant has (7) days from the date of receiving their acceptance letter to provide the entire tuition payment and the signed parent/guardian consent form in order to secure their spot in the program. The tuition invoice via email and can be paid via debit/credit card or check written out to Embrace Her Legacy.

All accepted applicants, MUST submit our signed Parent/Guardian consent form upon acceptance into the program. The form will be attached to the acceptance email.

Due to the amount of applicants we receive, if the accepted applicant does not submit the payment within the 7-day grace period then the applicant is forfeiting her position in the program.

Please note that once your tuition is received, your tuition is non-refundable. We allow the grace period of 7-days to assure that this investment into your future is something that you want to pursue.  We understand that unforeseeable circumstances may occur, nevertheless, we have to remain diligent with our business relationships that are supporting this program.

Please note that we highly encourage students to apply as soon as possible as acceptances are on a first come, first serve basis

Please note that this is a small program, therefore, a very limited amount full-ride scholarships are available which are first-come, first-serve and are merit-based scholarships for high-excelling students with a 90 GPA (3.7) or higher only. Students will have to will have to submit an additional essay and copy of latest report card in order to qualify for a scholarship.

Applications for 2017 have ended, please check back in early 2018 for applications for Summer Institute 2018 

Still have a question? Then no worries feel free to email info@embraceherlegacy.com and someone will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

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For schools and organizations interested in implementing the program, please contact us at info@embraceherlegacy.com