Jane Stephenson: For over a decade Jane Stephenson headed the New Opportunity School for Women, a program she started in Berea to help women find ways to face opportunity and conflict in their lives. Financially distressed, often abused, perhaps out of work, maybe middle-aged—all the women who come to the New Opportunity School need their job skills honed and their sense of self-worth illuminated.
In a three-week residency program, Jane Stephenson’s program enables women to believe in themselves, to gain self-esteem and the ability to solve their own problems. They go home changed women. Some will go to college, some will get new jobs – but allleave with new fortitude and a confirmation that women can make changes in their own lives.
Jane is also the author of the book Courageous Paths: Stories of Nine Appalachian Women, in which 9 graduates of the New Opportunity School share their life stories.
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