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Meet the College Student Mentoring The Next Generation of Women Leaders

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Some college students spend their summers doing internships. Rising University of Pennsylvania senior Katyln Grasso spent hers running her own business to support and mentor young female leaders.

Grasso, Founder and CEO of GenHERation, joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd to discuss the female empowerment network she's created.

“I think I really realized the need to help girls when I went to college,” said Grasso. “I go to a business school, and I realized that there are so few women in the highest positions of power, particularly in the business world.”

GenHERation launched last year -- targeting adolescent and young adult females -- with over 250 girls.

“Sociologists found that the most critical age in a girl’s life is between the ages of 11-17, and that’s when they perceive themselves as a leader,” explained Grasso. “If they don’t believe they can be a leader between the ages of 11-17, once they get older and they’re in college they’ll fall victim to their own self-doubt and be less likely to pursue those positions.”

With an exclusively online platform, Grasso is able to “help girls utilize technology" and "go out there and make a positive change in their community.”

To hear more of the conversation, watch the full HuffPost Live segment here.