Reneta Bennett, EWI Spring 2013 graduate, is using her compassion and inspiration from a friend’s death to encourage youth and young adults alike. Bennett realizes that songwriting and poetry has the power to encourage, inspire and save lives. Her own love of poetry coupled with life experiences has given her the motivation to start Pressing Through Mentoring, a unique business that caters to the needs of young people.
Reneta please tell us a little bit about you?
I’m a 25 year old mother of a 6 ½ year old girl named Dior, and an only child from both parents. My day job is a Pharmacy Drug control and inventory specialist for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “Sometimes I consider myself as a complex being but I’ve realized I’m just a woman; transitioning into adulthood has become an amazing experience—trial and error, love and balance…I’m grateful for all things God grants within my lifetime.”
Five years ago my best friend passed away in a fatal crash; during her funeral someone recited a few of her poems, and I realized how sad she was throughout her life. A few of my friends write songs, excerpts and poetry…behind their writings are oppressing thoughts and insecurities. I began to realize that spoken word should be introduced as a coping mechanism for the adolescents and young adults. How many lives can we actually save from suicide or dangerous paths if the youth were offered a judge-free zone and outlet?
Pressing Through Mentoring was inspired by the voices hidden between the lines on paper. The program was inspired by [my love of poetry since childhood]. Pursing this business has become a pleasure and a great experience gained through the love of people. Our future generation inspires me to be great and influential. Being able to change a few lives is a motivating force.
What is Pressing through Mentoring?
Pressing Through Mentoring, established in May 2013, is a program that incorporates spoken word into self-empowerment techniques and community activism [for children and young adults]. The program offers a six week workshop, mentorship, and a finale performance. The target age group is 10-24 year olds.
How do you measure the success of PTM?
Continuing the dream measures success…
What keeps you going?
Understanding that fulfilling a purpose on Earth that is selfless keeps me going…
What is one of your proudest moments?
Winning 2nd place in a Capital One business pitch contest
What are some of the challenges of pursuing Pressing Through Mentoring?
Obligating time to Pressing Through Mentoring outside of my full-time job…
Are you seeking volunteers? Interns?
Yes, volunteers and dedicated mentors; must be interested or willing to participate in spoken word activities. If interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can readers learn more about Pressing Through Mentoring?
Check out my blog: http://pressingthroughmentoring.tumblr.com/
What are some empowering words that you have for women?
Understand that your worth isn’t measure in value; your worth is a reflection of the love given to oneself. Become the vision bold enough to impress another’s dream…
What are some of the lessons that entrepreneurship has taught you?
I’ve learned that becoming an entrepreneur isn’t an overnight happening. You must be dedicated and God fearing; faith will carry you through the process. Being patient and allowing others to guide you…
Written by Veronica Hughes, a freelance writer with a passion for global women’s issues and social justice. Her life’s goal is to leave the world a better place that she found it. She also enjoys covering fashion, food, music and culture. You can learn more about her over at her blog, Lifestyle and Thoughts