Since 1987, Stephenson, founder and advisor for the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in Berea, has helped low- and middle-income women attend a three-week residential training program that provides career and educational counseling. Five hundred eighty women have completed the program.
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Jane Stephenson, founder of the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW), and Lori Sliwa, NOSW executive director, discuss the organization's mission to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income, middle-aged women in Kentucky and the south-central Appalachian region.
The school's building was destroyed by arson last September, but in spite of the daunting task of rebuilding, the school is soldiering on, with plans to continue to serve its constituency of women in need.