Brooke and Breanna Bennett
Founders, Women in Training, Inc.
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.
Photo by Grace Photography
When 12-year-old 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, the girls started Women in Training, Inc. (WIT), a youth empowerment organization. WIT’s signature program is the #WITKITS Campaign to help alleviate #PeriodPoverty among the 25 percent of American young people skip school or miss work because they cannot afford menstrual products. WIT provides monthly donations to at-risk girls and non-binary youth of #WITKITS, which are branded canvas bags full of menstrual, hygiene and dental products. “I thought it was important for the recipients to feel loved, so we also include hand-made bracelets, journals in which we draw inspiring pictures, and fuzzy socks!” Breanna said.
WIT, under the guidance of WIT Medical Advisor Dr. LaToya Clark, MD, published A Young Woman’s Guide to the Menstrual Cycle, which they distribute at no cost. Dr. Clark also provides menstrual education at WIT programs.
The twins are also filmmakers. With support from the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, they produced a 30-minutes Civil Rights film, Architects of Change Documentary.
Brooke and Breanna are active members of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The girls were born in Miami; and lived for five years in Dubai before moving to Montgomery in 2017. They have won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for Alabama Middle Schools in 2019 and 2020, Points of Light Daily Award on February 28, 2020, Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Legacy Award for Community Service in 2020, the Ethics Project’s Ambassador Andrew J. Young Outstanding Student Award in 2019, and Leadership Montgomery’s Heroes in Montgomery in 2019. U.S. Senator Doug Jones featured the WIT co-founders in a Black History Month video series.
During the 2019-2020 school year, 7th graders Breanna and Brooke were part of the Saint James School Cross Country team that won the 3A Girls State Championship. Bree also plays on the Saint James School Girls JV Tennis team, and represented Saint James with the Alabama All State Chorus in 2020. Both girls are members of the school’s Trojanettes dance team and Cabaret musical theatre company. Breanna has also performed professionally at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Brooke acted in the independent film, Oy to the World!
Savannah Lynn Williams was born in Texas and relocated to Alabama in 2012. She is in middle school. She has been active in school as a member of the pep squad, cheerleading squad, track team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and 4H Club. She enjoyed the exciting projects in the Gifted and Talented Program. At her intermediate school, she was a dance team and choir member and was in the science, art, and garden clubs. She was a writer for the school newspaper and also participated in a local Girl Scouts troop.
She has served in her church as a choir member, usher, praise dancer, Sunday School secretary, Children’s Church and Culinary Ministry helper, and greeter. She is active in the community and has taken dance and tap classes and participated in the sports of soccer, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, karate and swimming. Her favorite sport is volleyball. She has acted in local plays and also loves to model.
She is active with Pink and Pearls for Girls, Students Taking Action in the River Region, Girls & Gab, and Delta Academy.
Savannah is the author of a book entitled, "Rainbow Tears of Joy," that was published in November 2017 and has a book of poems to be published in 2020. She has spoken at various events regarding her experience with grief. She is working to start a foundation in her grandfather’s name and puts together packets to hand out to the homeless as she encounters them. She also plans to assist children who have lost their guardians and plans to also honor the elderly.