Tiffany Haddish has partnered with Ready to Succeed to launch an internship program that will give youth in the foster system work opportunities at her She Ready Prods.
According to THR, the program is set to kick off in 2021, and will “provide access and opportunity while also serving as a pipeline for talent that could lead to a more inclusive industry,” the publication writes.
Here’s more from the outlet:
Those who land the gig will get more than just a job. The She Ready Internship Program provides paid internships, mentorship and a “suitcase” packed with resources that will help ready them for work. In addition to paychecks, She Ready has committed to providing financial stipends that will help cover transportation and other work-related expenses.
The inaugural program is open to youth between 18 and 25 years old. Those who apply but are not selected will have a consolation prize in the form of industry and career-readiness events.
“I believe that children that come from different cultures deserve a chance to work in the industry and I would like people that look like me to be able to represent me too in the industry,” the actress/producer said in a statement.
Haddish spent time in various foster programs in her youth after her mother’s near-fatal car accident.
During an appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix show, she said, “You’re dropped in these strangers’ houses, you don’t know these people, these people don’t know you, you don’t know if they’re going to hurt you, if they’re going to be kind, you don’t have a clue what’s going on.”
She also recalled the moment she received her first suitcase, something her interns will also experience.
“I felt like I was a traveler, like I had a purpose, like I’m a person, like I’m not garbage, I got this — it’s mine, and my things are in here, and wherever I go I can take this with me and I’m going somewhere.”
Sponsors of the She Ready Internship Program include United Talent Agency, Kovert Creative, Artists First and HBO.
Intern applications and more information is available here.