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Emma Bowen, TLC Team for 'Say Yes to the Prom'

Diversity organization Emma Bowen Foundation is teaming up with TLC on the cable’s network’s fifth annual Say Yes to the Prom initiative, which provides a full prom experience to high school girls around the country.

TLC will offer internship opportunities to college-aged students of color participating in the Emma Bowen program as part of its Say Yes To The Prom program.  In 2016 the network will conduct its SYTTP initiative in five cities around the country, with Discovery employees pairing up with high school girls to help them prepare for their proms, said TLC executives.

“Welcoming the Emma Bowen Foundation as a national partner for this year’s Say Yes to the Prom initiative is an extension of a long-time partnership that Discovery has had with the organization and something that will ultimately further our commitment to diversity and inclusion and make an even greater and longer-lasting impact on this year’s deserving prom participants,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer, Discovery Communications.

Added Emma L. Bowen Foundation President and CEO Rahsaan Harris: “We applaud Discovery’s commitment and look forward to working alongside them to tap into this diverse pool of talented program participants to create an inclusive and innovative workforce.”

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