Belle H. Bennett House @ Scarritt-Bennett
The Belle H. Bennett House at Scarritt-Bennett is a 10-month living learning community designed to empower young women's social justice leadership.
Scarritt-Bennett is a non-profit education, retreat and conference center committed to promoting racial equality, cross-cultural understanding, the empowerment of women and spiritual renewal.
The program is available to 4 female/woman-identifying post-undergraduates interested in discerning vocation at the intersection of spirituality and social change. Each participant will do field work at an off-site non-profit and will intern with the Scarritt-Bennett Education, Programs and Connections Office.
The 2014-2015 program year will begin August 1, 2014 and end June 1, 2015.
For more information, contact Marie Campbell, BHB House program director, at email@example.com.
Benefits for Participants:
Participants will live together in intentional community practicing a simple and sustainable lifestyle. Scarritt-Bennett will support the well-being of each participant throughout the program so that these young women will be able to dedicate their lives to the work of the program. For the allotted program length, each participant will receive housing with all utilities paid, full health insurance coverage, a guaranteed 40 hours of work per month at Scarritt-Bennett Center, coordinated volunteer opportunities at a site placement, street or lot parking, and help in getting student loans deferred.
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Meet the Women of the Belle H. Bennett House
Elisabeth Volkamer, a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, IL studied theater with a concentration in English and Spanish. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Haiti to learn about other cultures and engage in social justice-related projects. She has been a radio DJ, worked with Red Bike Performance Company teaching character development and values to kids, and has worked to find a cure for blinding eye diseases. Her site placement is with Conexion Americas.
"Knowledge is power and I want to encourage a greater social awareness in this day and age, because the power acquired by knowledge makes change possible.You only need to drop a small pebble into a lake to create ripples and disturb the water."
Mar'koya Walker-Jones, a graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, studied Africana Women's Studies with a concentration in fashion design. She has been involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Student Union Advisory Board as president, Pre-Alumni Council, Bennett College cheerleading, Encentriq Modeling troop, and as an intern at Sisters of Nia Enrichment Camp. Her site placement is Thistle Farms.
"My role is to make myself reach heights I never dreamed of and to allow myself to be proud of my accomplishments. To be an inspiration to people who have a similar story to my own and to see that anything is possible. Once gaining success, it is my role and obligation to give back." - Mar'koya
Jessica Martin, a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, IL studied theater with a concentration in social change and public advocacy. She has been involved in the Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist Group, Appalachian Service Project, and has worked as a resident assistant and a facilitator for iLead Workshops on the intersection of theater and social justice education/awareness.
Her site placement is with Book 'em.
"Every day I find myself surrounded by people who look just exactly the same as I do. I find the safety of it deeply unsettling. I can see the importance of surrounding myself with people who look different from me, those people who come from backgrounds different from my own, allowing myself the opportunity to grow..." - Jessica
Kye Bright, a native of Michigan and graduate of Albion College studied communications with a concentration in public policy. She has worked as an after school tutor in the public school system and as a staff member at the Kids n' Stuff Children's Museum. She has been involved in the African-Caribbean Student Union, College Democrats, Cheer Team, Women's Track and Field, Black Student Alliance, and Power (a campus feminist group). Her site placement is with the Nashville Mobile Market.
"When people act with a purpose, many things can happen. Community is about bettering the people in it through unity and faith." - Kye