DID YOU KNOW? The New Opportunity School for Women Foundation
Scholarship Fund Is Available to NOSW Program Graduates from All NOSW Programs. Click here to learn more about the Scholarship Fund, to download an application, or to find out how friends and donors can help grow the NOSW Foundation Scholarship Fund to serve more NOSW Program Graduates.
Jane Stephenson's newest book, I AM NOT A NOBODY is now available.
Founder Jane Stephenson's latest book about the New Opportunity School for women, I AM NOT A NOBODY, was released in September. Part 1 relates the stories of eleven graduates from all three programs. Jane spent many hours interviewing these amazing women and many more hours bringing their stories to life for all of us. Part 2 is a short history of the New Opportunity School for Women. For years, Crystal Kieloch, NOSW Foundation Board Co-Chair and assistant professor at Bluefield College has felt strongly that the story of Jane B. Stephenson needed to be told. After much persuasion she convinced Jane to be interviewed. Part 3, Jane's Story written by Crystal takes us from Jane's childhood in her beloved mountains of North Carolina, her life as President's wife of Berea College, the birth of the New Opportunity School for Women, and on to life and retirement in Lexington, KY.
I AM NOT A NOBODY is available now for $20.00 plus $3.00 for shipping.. We will be happy to mail you a copy or copies. All proceeds from the book will go to the Foundation to assist more women in their endeavor to improve their lives. The book can be ordered from Amazon; however Amazon will keep a portion of profits from sales. Books purchased directly from the NOSW Foundation will ensure that all profits go to the NOSW programs at Berea, Kentucky; Banner Elk, North Carolina; Blueifield, Virginia; and the NOSW Foundation ,Inc.
To order, please state your name, mailing address, phone number,and email address. If you have attended a NOSW program please state the location and year that you attended.
If you would like your book(s) inscribed, please state the name to be inscribed.
Please send this information, along with your check to:
NOSW Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 273
Berea, KY. 40403
New Opportunity School for Women Foundation
of Appalachian Women
One day in 1987 Jane Stephenson received a phone call from a friend on behalf of an Appalachian woman in great need—an Appalachian woman with no employment experience and little knowledge of the world beyond her family. Jane's friend asked: Did Jane knew of a program that could help this woman learn to cope with her predicament? Then a coincidence that seemed providential occurred, and the seed for the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) was soon planted. A foundation executive looking for innovative ideas called Jane's late husband, John Stephenson—president of Berea College at that time. Jane wrote a grant proposal that won startup funding for the New Opportunity School for Women and made possible the implementation of Jane's vision to improve the lives of Appalachian women in need. The first New Opportunity School for Women was established in Berea, Kentucky. Now there is a family of NOSW programs in communities in Central Appalachia.
The New Opportunity School for Women Foundation was established in 2010 as the umbrella organization for support, expansion, and oversight of the current NOSW program sites located in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia/West Virginia, and of all future NOSW program sites. Over 800 women have graduated from the NOSW family of programs since Jane founded it almost 30 years ago for high potential Appalachian women who are determined to improve their lives and shape a fulfilling and successful future.
Women participants attend a three-week residential program at one of the NOSW program sites for free—no tuition, no fees and no expenses for books or materials.
Learn more about the NOSW history in Jane Stephenson's book, Changing Lives in Appalachia, available at local bookstores and online through multiples sources, including local independent bookstores.
By leveraging hope, together we can make a difference. Your gift today will help improve the lives of Appalachian women in need.
The New Opportunity School for Women Expressive Arts Curriculum is designed to help empower NOSW women and increase their sense of competency. The Story Quilt experience, which was initiated at NOSW Lees-McRae, is used to help the women explore their own personal stories, to create a shared story in the form of a quilt, to create a visual record of their unique contributions to NOSW, and as a gift to the school and future participants. NOSW women are asked to visualize an image that is representative of their own personal story. It can be an image of the transformation they are undergoing at NOSW, something they want to let go of or hold onto, an image of the true self, or a particular story that represents each individual.This photo of a NOSW story quilt is the cover image for the book Changing Lives in Appalachia by Jane Stephenson.
New Opportunity School for Women Foundation Announces NOSW Graduate Achievement
Congratulations to Patti Trish Jones-Watson upon her graduation from Berea College on December 13, 2015! Patti is a Summer 2011 New Opportunity School for Women Berea graduate. Continue on your courageous path, Patti!
Congratulations to Sandi Keaton-Wilson, 1995 NOSW Berea graduate, on the publication of her poem, "Lyrical," in Kentucky Monthly! Sandi's work was chosen in this year's Kentucky Monthly competition. Enjoy this beautiful Appalachian and Kentucky voice! We are proud of you Sandi!
APPALACHIAN WOMEN of the NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN FAMILY of PROGRAMS
New Opportunity School for Women Foundation