Brittany Bange’s (Colby, Kansas) Leadership for Change project focuses on the promotion of the creative arts through education and entrepreneurship. She is currently collaborating with the Colby school district on an arts based curriculum that would be taught to middle and high school students. She is also working with a real estate developer in Colby on opening a non-profit shop that sell the work of female artisans from around the world, and distribute the profits both locally to promote access to education in western Kansas along with internationally. She is working with her fellow KWLI participants to feature artists from Afghanistan, India, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Zambia.
Following the KWLI, Miranda Benedict (Garden City, Kansas) found that it was particularly difficult to make progress on the issue of teenage pregnancy. However, she is still working on her mission to ensure a better future for the children of tomorrow. She is devoting her energy toward her local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. Miranda learned about CASA during the KWLI-United Way Non-Profits Panel, and has found it to be a very rewarding and impactful experience so far.
Since the KWLI, Alyssa Reed has been working to create a cultural festival to give Fort Hays State University international students the chance to present the cultures and countries to the Hays community. Her event will be held in March 2015, and will create friendships and mentorships between international students and the community of Hays! Alyssa is really enjoying the chance to organize the event and see it all come together!