Nine hundred twenty-five Appalachian women have graduated from the life-changing New Opportunity School for Women programs located in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia/West Virginia. In I Am Not a Nobody eleven of these courageous women share their life stories—difficult and painful stories of abuse, poverty, limited education, drugs, and early marriages. They also share their life-changing journeys with the New Opportunity School for Women where they became empowered to believe in themselves and their values and abilities and gained the courage to succeed—for themselves and their families.
“[T]oday my life has purpose and that motivates me to want to help other women discover their own dreams. I know today I am intelligent, able, and beautiful…No matter what cards life deals …, you have the power within to deal yourself a new hand.” BRANDI C
“I had to shed my past, set and follow my goals, and become the strong woman that God made me to be. If I can do it, anyone can.” PATTY
“Just know you are alive for a reason… you’re not a nobody. You do matter, and you are important. I really don’t think I would be where I am today, if not for the New Opportunity School.” ELIZABETH
You will also read about the creation of this “miracle program” and its history (Part 2), and about its founder (Part 3), Jane B. Stephenson.
“This is Jane’s story as I have attempted to construct it from her words, and this is how she tells it.”—Crystal White Kieloch
In “Jane’s Story,” Crystal White Kieloch beautifully tells the story of Jane B. Stephenson’s inspiring life of service and her passion for improving the lives of Appalachian women. In an opening scene, Kieloch recaptures in vivid, precise prose the moment Stephenson appeared with Oprah on her show to receive the Use Your life Award, become one of Oprah’s Angles, and to accept for the program a $100,000 gift.
“[C]elebrate these highly motivated women…experience what a privilege it is to get to know them through their life stories… rejoice in their extreme courage.
—Jane B. Stephenson
All profits received from the sale of this book go to supporting the work of the New Opportunity School for Women Foundation, Inc. and the program sites.