Brooke & Breanna Bennett
When Brooke Bennett learned a few years ago that there are girls who “spot” on their clothing because they cannot afford sanitary pads, she was very sad. “That’s not right,” Brooke told her twin sister, Breanna. “Every girl needs menstrual items to stay clean and healthy during their period.”
Together, on their 12th birthday in July 2019, the girls started Women in Training, Inc. (WIT), a youth empowerment organization. WIT’s signature program is the WITKITS Campaign to help alleviate period poverty among the 25% of American young people who skip school or miss work because they cannot afford menstrual products.
WIT provides monthly donations of WITKITS to underserved girls, women and nonbinary youth. WITKITS are branded canvas bags full of menstrual, hygiene and dental products. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we include personal protective equipment in the WITKITS, such as bottles of WIT hand sanitizer, masks and pairs of disposable gloves.
Women in Training, Inc. has expanded to include programs to help girls break the generational cycle of poverty:
WIT Leadership Development Circle to develop a select group of high school young women into compassionate and culturally aware global leaders
WIT Girls STEAM Initiative to expose girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
WIT Mentor Program to match high school girls with university students or professional women to guide them through the educational and early career stages
End Poverty. PERIOD!
Women in Training, Inc. (WIT) is a youth empowerment organization that advocates for menstrual equity, menstrual education, and engages girls and nonbinary youth, ages 10 to 18, in community service and social justice. WITKITS® is the organization’s signature program for supporting people in need. WIT has created youth development programs to facilitate formal and experiential learning opportunities to cultivate young women into culturally competent and compassionate global leaders who care about themselves and the world around them.
"When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."
Our Core Values
Womanism: A form of feminism that centers the experiences of Black women and other women-of-color
Global Citizenship: The concept of a person’s identity transcending personal and physical borders; we have a responsibility for each other
Intersectionality: The recognition that all of us belong to multiple identity groups and experience privilege and oppression in complex
Liberation: All people deserve access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All people have the responsibility to use their privileges to uplift others
Decolonization: The process of deconstructing Eurocentric patriarchal ideologies and uplifting indigenous worldviews