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  • Writer's pictureBenay Hicks

Welcome, Isabel and Ayana!

Our team keeps growing at Book Harvest! We have added two new members to our staff this month. Please help us welcome them to the Book Harvest family!


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Isabel’s connection with Book Harvest runs deep, as she has known founder and executive director Ginger Young since their paths crossed at the Center for Documentary Studies in 1996. They have remained tangentially connected ever since, and Isabel has watched and supported Book Harvest’s growth since its start in 2011. Of joining the staff, Isabel says, “What has always compelled me about Book Harvest is the vision and tenacity of its founder. I can’t imagine working alongside a more engaged or inspiring colleague.”


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Ayana sees her work at Book Harvest as “a good way to merge [her] passions for doing work within the communications field and working in [her] community. Books provide opportunities to learn and imagine,” she shares, “and knowledge is the one thing that can’t be taken away from you.” Long-term, Ayana is focused on starting her own nonprofit, called CHANCE, whose mission will be to give people with criminal offenses a second chance, to escape living under stigma and break the family cycle of crime and incarceration. She is particularly passionate about this cause because of her own experience with an incarcerated family member, and she looks forward to learning as much as she can about nonprofit work and development during her time at Book Harvest to inform her future plans to launch CHANCE.

Please help us welcome Isabel and Ayana to our team! If you want to reach Isabel, you can email her at isabel@bookharvestnc.org. Ayana’s email address is ayanathmpsn@gmail.com.

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