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WIT Announces New Cohort of Young Leaders: The Monarchs

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

Women in Training, Inc is proud to announce the 26 new WIT Young Leaders in the second cohort of the WIT Leadership Development Academy. The Monarchs, as they will be called, represent some of the best and brightest middle and high school young women in Alabama’s River Region. Women in Training, Inc. will formally introduce them to the community at the Second Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch on March 11, 2023.

“I look forward to working with this group of talented young leaders as they embark on the next year of growth and development with WIT,” said Tania Johns, WIT Vice President for Youth Development. “We have a great year ahead where we will focus on goal setting, health and wellness, advocacy, civic engagement, and service. We hope this experience will equip our young leaders with the tools they need to lead from the front in this community and beyond.”

The mission of the WIT Leadership Development Academy is to facilitate formal and experiential learning opportunities to help cultivate young women into culturally competent and compassionate global leaders who care about themselves and the world around them.

There are three graduating seniors in The Monarchs, as follows:

The Monarchs include the following nine high school students from the Inaugural Cohort that began in March 2021:

Monarch Glamoura Akwaba

Monarch Breanna Bennett

Monarch Brooke Bennett

Monarch Amiyah-Sarea Goshton

Monarch Gabrielle Johns

Monarch Azari Rudolph

Monarch Jazlyn Samples

Monarch JeNai Turner

Monarch Savannah Lynn Williams

From left to right: WIT Monarchs Brooke Bennett, Jonilah Megie (Class of 2022), Breanna Bennett, Gabrielle Johns and Amiyah-Sarea Goshton.

Meet a few of the other Monarchs:

Monarch Kaylana Bazile

Big Sister: Veronica Bazile

8th Grader at Johnnie Carr Middle School

Kaylana describes herself as dependable.

Monarch Kacie Caldwell

Mother: Kimberly Caldwell

8th Grader at Baldwin Magnet Middle School

Kacie is a Level 3 Ballerina and Show Choir member. She said she’s eager to learn and expand her artistic abilities.

Monarch Chassidy Hogan

Mother: Danielle Hogan

Freshman at Park Crossing High School

Chassidy plays softball, volleyball, and enjoys art. She also enjoys being a positive light to others.

Monarch Gabrielle Johns

Mother: Tania Johns

Junior at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School

Gabrielle plays tennis, and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

Monarch Finn McKenny

Mother: Courtney McKenny

Sophomore at Booker T Washington Magnet High School.

Finn is both an artist and a soccer player for her school.

Monarch Marley Powell

Mother: Tiffany Powell

7th Grader at Prattville Junior High School

Marley plays travel volleyball team and loves to volunteer and help others

Monarch Azari Rudolph

Mother: Latisha Rudolph

Junior at Robert E. Lee High School

Azari loves to read and write. She also loves to help others.

Monarch Savannah Lynn Williams

Grandmother: Marjorie Lynn Bowden

Sophomore at Stanhope-Elmore High School

Savannah is the Diamond Queen of Pink and Pearls for Girls' and is a host at their annual 'Be Her Hero Women and Girls Explosion.’ She described her light as her caring and helping spirit. Savannah is kind, compassionate and loving. She witnessed her grandparents, “Bibi” and “PawPaw,” helping people and started a nonprofit, Alpha Love 2 Life, after her PawPaw passed away. She loves to give to the homeless and help the elderly. She really likes to assist young people in talking openly about grief and learning ways to cope, because it is a fact of life that we will all face.

Orientation for The Monarchs took place on February 19, 2023, at the Dexter King Memorial Legacy Center in downtown Montgomery. The schedule for this year’s activities can be found HERE.

The WIT Leadership Development Academy is expertly managed by a team of volunteers on the Steering Committee.

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