This spring and summer, Embolden will offer free, bi-weekly webinars for high school students in the Washington, D.C. area. All webinars will take place via Zoom. See tentative schedule, technical details and other relevant information below.



Embolden webinars cover topics related to post-high school planning (e.g., college admissions, internships and career exploration), leadership and ethics, and self-development. Sessions are led by young professionals, including Embolden team members and outside experts. All sessions are completely cost-free.

Tentative Webinar Dates


Featuring a walkthrough of the college admissions process, advice on finding a good fit when campuses are closed, information on how COVID-19 has changed admissions policies, and an open Q&A session with Jack Zhang​

How many times have you heard the advice “follow your dreams”? You may have a passion or an idea that excites and motivates you. Perhaps, you’re still trying to figure it out. When you have that spark, what do you do with it? What if your passion won’t provide a steady income? It’s hard to know where to even begin. We’re so glad that you’re asking the important questions—let’s start this journey together. 

Join Embolden’s webinar to learn from our founders how you can pursue your dreams and explore new opportunities starting now. This webinar will address students’ questions around what to do with a passion they may have. Both speakers’ stories take on an untraditional route of materializing their passions. Their stories will show that you can create your own network, opportunities, and results. 

  • Wednesday, May 6: "Leading While Young: Experiences and Lessons in Advocacy from Fairfax County's Favorite Meme," hosted by Ryan McElveen, former member of the Fairfax County School Board

While many people know him only from snow day memes, Ryan McElveen has achieved many things at a young age. At 25, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Fairfax County School Board. During his eight-years on the School Board, he led the charge for healthier school food, curriculum internationalization, LGBTQ student protections, gun violence prevention, human trafficking prevention and increased student civic engagement. He also serves as associate director of The Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center. Born and raised in Tysons Corner, Ryan is an IB diploma graduate of George C. Marshall High School and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia and a M.I.A. in human rights from Columbia University. Join us to hear from Fairfax County's favorite meme about what it takes to lead and succeed at a young age.

How many times have you felt a bit overwhelmed? During this time of uncertainty, the goal of this session is to engage our participants in an honest conversation around the pressures that come with prioritizing productivity. In an effort to bring people together, Embolden is inviting both students and friends who are interested in chatting with us about personal wellness. We believe that providing a space to express anxieties without fearing judgment can show that displaying emotional vulnerability is not a sign of personal weakness.

Have you ever wondered, "How do I effectively network? What are mistakes to avoid when networking?" Perhaps, you have also asked, "How do I find the right mentor?"

Please join David Fletcher, a senior career advisor at American University's School of International Service, as he shares his advice on how to make the most of networking and tips for how to connect with professionals.

This webinar will equip students with practical networking strategies as they meet professionals they want to learn from and ask questions in our future webinars. We hope this will show you that networking and mentorship can grow your professional community and opportunities.

  • Wednesday, June 3: Tech careers panel (details TBD)

  • Wednesday, June 17: Joint careers panel (details TBD)

  • Wednesday, July 1: Business careers panel (details TBD)

How to Participate

To participate in Embolden webinars, you need to register for the event ahead of time. Registration links will be highlighted on this webpage and in our Facebook events. 


If you or a friend wish to attend but do not have the resources to, please reach out to us at info@emboldenme.org. We will do our best to provide accommodations that enable your participation in these programs.

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