NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.

Berea, KY   |  www.nosw.org

Mission

The mission of the New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. is to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Sr. Robbie Pentecost

Main address

204 Chestnut St

Berea, KY 40403 USA

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EIN

61-1323868

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Two-Week Residential Program

This immersive two-week program equips women with the tools they need to define, pursue and achieve their goals. Whether it’s getting a job, going back to school, starting a business, or exploring potential opportunities and restoring self-esteem, this free program turns motivation into transformation.
Annually, NOSW invites up to 12 women to a two-week residential program. There is no cost to the participants and funds for childcare and transportation are provided as needed. The intensive curriculum includes: leadership development, building self-esteem, goal setting, job search skills, computer basics, Appalachian literature, understanding violence against women, public speaking, learning how to become enrolled in further education, basic math/financial management, grammar and punctuation. Participants are offered vision and dental exams during the program and graduates are eligible for financial support for subsequent dental care. Health education is an integral part of the program, addressing wellness and any needed medical referrals.

Population(s) Served
Women
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

A two-week residential program isn’t realistic for all women. Feedback from women desiring change, but unable to leave home, led us to develop our three-day community-based non-residential program. The focus is on integrative health, building confidence and figuring out goals and how to achieve them. We also work with women to connect them with resources in their communities. This program may also serve as an introduction or stepping stone toward attending the two-week residential program. NOSW is partnering with organizations throughout the region to serve as host sites.

Population(s) Served
Women
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Annually a four-day retreat is held that offers 8-10 graduates an intensive weekend of activities designed to boost confidence, identify obstacles to their moving forward, and intensive goal-setting so they can continue moving forward with long-term goals. Peer mentoring and support serves to deepen relationships for stronger support. Practicing mindfulness is deepened during this time.

Population(s) Served
Women
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

NOSW works actively in the Appalachian region to provide follow-up services for graduates including individualized support, funds for dental work and scholarships for higher education. Additionally, outreach programs and information sessions are facilitated in many of the region's isolated communities. NOSW encourages graduates to actively seek roles in their local schools, government and communities.

Population(s) Served

The challenges that 2020 presented to providing direct and in-person services necessitated shifting our program planning to remote interactions.
Our first effort was to establish an online graduate support and wellness group in the summer of 2020 to help support graduates through the uncertainties that the COVID pandemic brought. What we learned from these sessions: We could create an intimate space for distance learning with graduates as well as new program applicants.
In 2021 we will offer our three-day non-residential program online with several workshops on wellness, education and employment. Both NOSW graduates and interested new participants are eligible to attend any of our free online offerings.
Graduate support and wellness groups continue to meet monthly and are available to any graduate of the NOSW residential program.

Population(s) Served
Women
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Women
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

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NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christie Green

Cumberland Valley District Health Department

Term: 2016 - 2022

Christie Green, MPH, MCHES

Cumberland Valley District Health Department

Betsy Whaley

MACED

Mary Absher

[email protected] Graduate 2005

Sam Cole

Berea College

Latona Gamble

NOSW Graduate 2014

Zinnia Hensley

Berea Police Department

Karen Hurley

4C for Children-retired

Kelsie Madden

All Access

Bridget McCormack-Finley

Christian Appalachian Project

Leslie Smart

CHI Saint Joseph Health Fdn

Alys Smith

Better2Mediate

Leslie Combs

LAC Consulting

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Decline to state
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