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2016 Baldwin Fellows

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The Baldwin Fellowship was created to enhance the capacity of Lancaster County community benefit leaders to create change in our community for today and tomorrow. The Fellowship challenges participants look deeply at their own personal passions, abilities, and opportunities in order to be able to maximize their personal and professional contributions. Fellows work for a year as part of a facilitated cohort while simultaneously pursuing a personal path of exploration and learning. Each year, five community benefit leaders and emerging leaders are selected to be part of the program. Fellows each receive a $5,000 grant to pursue their personal study.


Congratulations to the 2016 Baldwin Fellows!



Stephanie Crumpton, Lancaster Theological Seminar
What started as an idea has translated into a year-long course of study that spans two continents. Stephanie, a faculty member at Lancaster Theological Seminary, will spend twelve months developing synergy between her African ethnic heritage and the healing modalities she uses to support holistic healing with individuals and communities recovering from trauma here in Lancaster. Her interest is to increase her therapeutic capacity in a way that grounds her culturally, spiritually and psychologically.



Ty Gant, The Mix at Arbor Place
Ty will conduct a project of genealogical research and discovery to learn his history and heritage. As genealogical information is uncovered through DNA research and testing, Ty will visit the lands of his heritage to discover his history and background. This self discovery will help to develop leadership skills and find a sense of self. He will then take that information to educate his family and local youth about the process of genealogical discovery.



Melanie Snyder, Community Action Program
Melanie will take a deep dive into how the myth of “self-sufficiency,” perfectionism, and a need to plan and control, can impact the ability to connect with others.



Nicole Specht, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services
The Outward Bound Oregon Smith Rock Climbing & Yoga program is a physically and mentally demanding seven day course in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon, where participants learn and practice wilderness, teamwork, and leadership skills. Nicole will challenge herself with this this specific program that includes camping, hiking, rock climbing instruction, and yoga to assist in developing the balance, breathing, and strength required to rock climb.



Gail Rittenhouse, Milagro House
Gail will use the fellowship opportunity for a mini-sabbatical to further explore her passion for service to populations in need, as well as hone some of her skills and talents to help our community.