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over 20 years of 


to become successful women

About Us

Awesome Ambitions was established in 1997 to educate, inspire, and empower 8th through 12th grade girls in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  The organization was founded by award-winning journalist Cynthia Newsome of KSHB-TV and co-founded by Angela Curry, former Kansas City Star columnist.  Both women were passionate about giving back to their community and preparing the next generation of women leaders.


Throughout the years, Awesome Ambitions has served thousands of Kansas City girls who participated in the program and have gone on to become successful women serving their families and communities.  


Our Awesome Ambitions volunteers connect with the girls and provide positive examples of achieving success despite overcoming obstacles or challenges. Our volunteers are committed to helping our girls set and achieve their goals. 


Awesome Ambitions has earned a positive wholesome reputation and is supported by numerous organizations and businesses in the community.

Mission, Vision, and D&I

Mission Statement

The mission of Awesome Ambitions is to empower, educate and equip minority 8th through 12th grade girls in underserved communities to know their value and develop a plan for future success in wellness, education and careers. 


Our work is guided by the following values:

  • We treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and integrity.

  • We commit to serving the community with excellence and leadership.

  • We embrace learning as a life-long journey.


Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We embrace diversity and inclusion and provide a safe space for girls and volunteers regardless of national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status and family structures 

Announcing our new
Executive Director
Andrea Newton

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We are excited to Welcome Andrea Newton as the first Executive Director of Awesome Ambitions.  Andrea comes to us with over 14 years of senior management experience within the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition realm and has also served in positions within the city's educational and non profit landscape. Her previous experiences as Director of Talent with Teach For America and Founding Board Member for the Prospect are just some of her background highlights. Andrea will begin her duties as Executive Director of Awesome Ambitions in March 2023.

Awesome Ambitions 2019 Kick Off

Meet Our Awesome Board of Directors

Cynthia Newsome Founder and President
Midday Anchor at 41 Action News

Denise White, Vice President
HCA, Clinical Pharmacist

Delores French, Treasurer
Business Teacher

Mary Barnes, Board Secretary

Anne Johnson, Founding Board Member
Anne Johnson Dentistry, Owner

Cassandra Savage, Board Member

The Savage Group LLC, dba, Owner

Carla Williams-Evans, Board Member
IT PMO Senior Environmental Specialist and Team Leader

Dr. Cheryl Cooper, Board Member

T-Mobile, Cybersecurity Risk Manager

Monica Massey, Board Member

Dairy Farmers of America, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff

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