Program Overview


Founded in 2010, AMBITION is a non-profit entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth that fosters innovation, solution-driven thinking, confidence and positive work ethic through collaborative hands-on participation, real-world business experience and powerful, consistent connections with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and special guests.

Concerned that students from underserved communities lack the support, access and resources necessary to provide consistent mentorship and exposure to real-world business experience, AMBITION was founded by luxury handbag owner/designer Nancy Gale of JAMAH, in an effort to solidify cause and commerce.

To capture real-life experience and anchor its entrepreneurial aspects, the program pairs with a number of host companies. Ranging in industry, these companies are luxury brand consumer goods businesses.

The luxury component empowers students by welcoming them into a world from which they too often feel prohibited. Through a multitude of problem solving endeavors, the AMBITION journey validates that with determination, self-discipline and hard work, they can do anything they set their minds to and live a life without limitations.

Teams of high school students are exposed to numerous aspects of running a business including strategic planning, project management, conflict resolution, time management, research, consumer demographics, branding, marketing and product development. The AMBITION students experience teamwork, respectful and healthy competition, interpersonal skills, self-discipline and compromise. Collaborative in-class work is supplemented by workshops with expert mentors and visits from high profile, inspirational guest speakers. Through the process, the students cultivate a strong work ethic and a consciousness of their surroundings.

Honoring cause & commerce, every AMBITION associated purchase benefits the AMBITION Student Scholarship Fund!

AMBITION is based out of Los Angeles, California [ECHS]. Since its inception, the program has gained high profile attention from coveted guests and mentors including Richard Branson, founder of THE VIRGIN GROUP, Aaron Walton, founder of WALTON ISAACSON, Carter Reum, founder of M13 COMPANY, Toni Ko, founder of NYX COSMETICS and THOMAS JAMES by PERVERSE SUNGLASSES, Jane Wurwand, founder of DERMALOGICA and THE INTERNATIONAL DERMAL INSTITUTE, Steve Schimmel, a founding business team member and 13th employee at GOOGLE and President Bill Clinton.

AMBITION invites companies that uphold its vision to partner as host companies and workshop sponsors. AMBITION is committed to encouraging businesses to serve as a training ground for today’s youth and join our ultimate mission of an intrinsic connection between cause and commerce.

Together with our mentors and partners, AMBITION is able to bring to life a much-needed resource for building better futures in our community.

AMBITION is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Nancy Gale