Bentrice Jusu, 2011 intern, receives Building the Dream Award
January 26th, 2012
On January 23, at the campus celebration of Martin Luther King Day, junior Bentrice Jusu received the Building the Dream Award for embodying Dr. King’s spirit and working for social justice. An art major from Trenton, N.J., Bentrice was a 2011 intern in the Institute for Public Engagement’s Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program. She worked in several programs at the Shalom Project in Winston Salem, including their food pantry, clothing closet and youth enrichment programs. She also developed and implemented an original art curriculum for their children clients (ages 5-11 years old). Her experience in IPE’s nonprofit management seminar and vocational reflection seminars intensified her goals to start her own nonprofit organization.
“Bentrice came to our program with an unwavering passion for the nonprofit sector and the desire to empower youth in our community,” said Velvet Bryant, Assistant Director of the Institute For Public Engagement.
Jusu is the owner of Both Hands Artlet, a nonprofit organization serving inner-city youth who are endangered by violence in their homes and on the streets of Trenton. Jusu’s vision is for her business to become a creative outlet for all teens, not just those at risk. In 2011, she received the “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for a Social Venture” from the Wake Forest Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.