Through The Associated Press
Between schoolwork, Wednesday night church and other typical activities for 14-year-old twins, Brooke and Breanna Bennett work alongside their mother to run their own nonprofit, Women In Training.
The twin sisters founded the organization two years ago to provide menstrual products to people who cannot afford them, and with the help of their growing team, the association has expanded its initiatives to include the women’s empowerment and menstrual equity advocacy.
Many organizations have honored the Bennett’s for their nonprofit work – from T-Mobile to Procter & Gamble – but their latest award recognizes them as two of the most inspiring young people in the United States and Canada.
The Gloria Barron Award for Young Heroes recently announced its 2021 winners, and while it traditionally honors 25 outstanding leaders under the age of 18, there are two duets included this year, bringing the total to 27.
Brooke and Breanna will each receive a $ 5,000 prize, and both sisters said they were excited about the prize.
“We want to see more girls volunteering, more girls our age volunteering and wanting to get involved in Women In Training or just community service in their area,” said Breanna. “I just hope Brooke and I have inspired others our age to do all the good they see in their community.”
The central Women in Training service distributes “WIT kits”, bags containing menstrual, hygiene and dental products. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, they also started adding hand sanitizer and masks to the bags.
“At first when giving gifts, when we were giving the bags and the like – because we did it personally – I was really excited when I saw them excited,” Brooke said. “We get our board members and volunteers to go around and donate towels every month. “
Looking ahead, the twins have both said they hope to continue working with and expanding the association. Their mother, Adeyela Bennett is the CEO of Women In Training, and she said the impact of the work they do has continuously widened over the past two years.
“Two things started to happen: more people were asking for help, but more people were giving money. So it seems that the more people ask, the more gifts we get. “
Now the Bennetts are looking forward to their next fundraiser, the Women In Training 5K Race to raise money which will go towards items for inclusion in WIT kits. The race will take place on October 9 in downtown Montgomery.