PLUS ME Champion, Bethanee Epifani, has brought her voice and story to thousands of students over the past year. Through our Leaders PLUS ME program, Bethanee has also had the opportunity to facilitate our leadership workshops. During one of our sessions, we introduce students to a goal setting formula and help them set their own academic and life goals. Each time Bethanee facilitates this particular session, she shares with the students a real life example of a goal she set and met. One of her life goals was to write a book and a few years ago she published her first one, "My Quarter Of A Century Life Lessons".
In February and March, Bethanee had the chance to work with a cohort of students from Will Rogers High School under the Project STEPS GEAR UP grant. She visited Mrs. Mikhail's class for 6 weeks and built a strong connection with the students and teacher. When she delivered the session on goal setting, she brought her book to show the students her accomplished work. The students and teacher were so inspired by it, they asked Project STEPS to fund a classroom set of Bethanee's book for the students to read and learn from.
Mrs. Mikhail emailed us saying, "Thank you so much! We are very blessed to have met you all and I am super excited to include her book in next semester's syllabus for Psychology. The students will learn from a young writer and benefit from everything she's gone through. It's so cool that they've already met her. Maybe they too can see themselves as accomplished authors."
We are honored to have Bethanee on our team and are lucky to have great partners that invest in their students and our team!