BY BETSY KIM
CREW IN TRAINING
CREW Network is an overarching, umbrella organization that connects all of the local chapters. When joining a local group, a
member automatically becomes part of the
global CREW Network. The CREW Network
Foundation, a 501(c)( 3) non-profit, was formed
in 1998 to educate women and girls about real
estate careers. It administers the merit-based
scholarship program. It also supports the local
chapters that run CREW Careers and UCREW.
Kimberly Hopkins has served as executive direc-
tor of CREW Dallas for more than a decade. In
2004, this chapter created CREW Careers, the
program for female high school students. Due
to its popularity, CREW Network adopted it and
helped roll it out to other local chapters.
“It’s inspiring young women to think about
having a career and showing them an example
of what that could be,” says Hopkins. The program shows them what it takes to be self-sufficient. For example, in visiting an apartment
complex, the students get a glimpse of what life
would be like after graduation. They are also
given the hard facts, such as the costs of leasing
a one-bedroom apartment in Dallas. “It’s eye-opening for them to realize that rent is $1,500 a
month,” and they’ll have to get a job to pay for
an apartment they want, she says.
Currently 10 schools in the Dallas
Independent School District each year apply to
Through education and scholarships, the CREW Network
Foundation takes students far beyond the classroom
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2017 CREW Network Foundation scholars at the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in Houston
(from left): Madison Cuthbertson, Lonna Sedam, Claire Benken, Skyler Wilson, Emily Weiland and Kayla Aronson.