Student’s for Life of America’s Wilberforce and Stevens Fellowships have officially begun!

 

On July 6th-July 9th, seventeen students from across the country joined various top-notch pro-life speakers to grow in their apologetics, activism, and leadership on their campuses. From Kristan Hawkins to Jack Yoest, passion and leadership was contagious from beginning to end. Students arrived excited to learn, and quickly formed friendships that led to growth and encouragement all weekend.

Students in the William Wilberforce Fellowship brainstormed together, and created individual projects to make lasting change on their campuses during the upcoming school year. Our Stevens Fellowship connected with SFLA staff and formed (maybe unknowingly) relationships with their Wilberforce friends who would support and encourage them to take a stand, even in high school, for life.

To be a part of either Fellowship, students underwent a lengthy application process, provided at least two references about their character, and completed a phone interview with SFLA staff. Each student expressed how much they wanted to be a Fellow, and how important it was that they grow and develop in themselves leadership skills to build their Students for Life groups on campus, and ultimately, change the culture to one that supports life in all its stages.

It’s no secret that there’s something special about this group of Wilberforce and Stevens fellows, and SFLA is excited for their journey ahead!

Wilberforce Fellows


Name: Meghan Miller-Brown
School Name: University of Richmond
Location: Virginia
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Education

 

 

 

Name: Mark Schultz
School Name: Lake Superior State University
Location: Michigan
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Criminal Justice

 


Name: Paige Edwards
School Name: University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Location: Nebraska
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Political Science/ Law

 

 


Name: Luke Ayers
School Name: Trinity University
Location: Texas
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Economics/ Public Policy

 

 


Name: Georgia Gallagher
School Name: University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa
Location: Alabama
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Political Science/ Journalism

 

 


Name: Natalie Baudonnet
School Name: Colorado Christian University
Location: Colorado
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Communications/ Biblical Studies

 

 


Name: Mary Briganti
School Name: University of Nebraska- Omaha
Location: Nebraska
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Communication Studies

 

 


Name: Marko Prizmic
School Name: Carroll College
Location: Montana
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Business Management/ Marketing

 

 


Name: Norvilia Etienne
School Name: CUNY Queens College
Location: New York
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Psychology

 

 


Name: Klara McKee
School Name: Kent State University
Location: Ohio
Graduation Year: 2021
Major: History/ Public Health

 

 


Name: Esther Edwards
School Name: Toccoa Falls College
Location: Georgia
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Business Management/ Family Counseling

 

 


Name: Mikayla Simpson
School Name: Union University
Location: Tennessee
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: History/ Sociology

Stevens Fellows

 

Name: Faith
School Name: Home Life Academy
Location: Maine
Graduation Year: 2020

Name: Carson
School Name: Reicher Catholic High School
Location: Texas
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Anneliese
School Name: Vermillion High School
Location: South Dakota
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Marcos
School Name: John F. Kennedy High School
Location: Oregon
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Michelle
School Name: Central Catholic High School
Location: Oregon
Graduation Year: 2018

Fellowship Weekend: “This generation will end abortion with love”

By Carson Macik, Reicher Catholic High School, Class of 2018.

A rising force to be reckoned with, the Millennial generation has made it clear that they are not in favor of abortion, rejecting it in all or most cases by 53%, according to the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement. High school and college students from Oregon to Maine represented the nationwide pro-life sentiment through the Thaddeus Stevens and William Wilberforce Fellowships weekend training and will be continuing to learn from pro-life leaders throughout this school year.

As a Stevens Fellow myself, I cannot express how much energy and passion I found in my newly-made friends towards the goal of abolishing abortion. Stories like Norvilia Etienne’s courageous stand against her college barring a pro-life club on her campus, or Marcos Sanchez starting his group in a little town in Oregon despite pushback from his high school, are inspirational to everyone in this ever-expanding movement!

With a plethora of different backgrounds, experiences, and talents, SFLA Fellows convened both Friday and Saturday mornings to begin seminars for the day covering a variety of topics from conversational suggestions with pro-choice advocates to leadership management strategies and techniques.

Perhaps the most intense and engaging of all seminar speakers, Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA, made an appearance Saturday morning and spoke on the history of the pro-life movement, which was accompanied by an occasional burst of joyful laughter in response to her clear passion and dedication for the movement.

Fellows went from 9am to 8pm talking about revolutionary solutions to a myriad of obstacles and challenges within pro-life clubs, political organizations, and the movement as a whole.

All throughout the weekend, one thing was clear: my friends and Fellows are going to change America.

The leadership I saw and vigor I felt from every member cannot be summed up in an article. They truly possessed an unbridled joy for protecting human life that can only be divinely inspired; something so powerful and potent is truly going to move mountains.

Beside me in the conference room, I saw future pro-life presidents, CEOs, and government representatives. I saw artists, engineers, lawyers, and doctors. But, most of all, I saw hope. Before the Fellowships began, the future looked uncertain, unstable. Now, I know with certainty, that this generation will end abortion with love and compassion and conversation.

These students, my friends, are representative of a new voice that will ask “when”, not “if”, abortion is abolished and that will put abortion where it belongs – in the history books.

In summary, this convention of diverse and determined students from across the country has, in two days of planning, unraveled hundreds of years of myths surrounding abortion and planned its demise through a grassroots movement more impactful than any other social movement in history.

We millennials have spoken. Abortion has got to go and the process has already begun.

Stevens and Wilberforce Leadership Fellowships Launch

This past weekend, Students for Life of America launched the first Thaddeus Stevens Leadership Fellowship (for high schoolers) and the 4th William Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship (for college students) with a kick-off Leadership Training Retreat at SFLA national headquarters in Manassas, Virginia.

The students were able to all join together for the first time to meet, network, and get training on pro-life apologetics, leadership, and activism led by SFLA staff, Mike Spencer and Jay Watts of the Life Training Institute, blogger Jill Stanek, Jeanneane Maxon of Americans United for Life, and Seth Drayer of Created Equal.

Throughout the 2013-14 school year, the Fellows will be applying the leadership skills they learned on their campus and throughout their communities by organizing events, assisting Students for Life of America in its mission of equipping the pro-life generation, and working with their National Wilberforce Mentor (a leader of an existing national pro-life organization) who will help network them with the national pro-life movement and assist in completion on their Fellowship Projects.

SFLA’s prestigious Stevens and Wilberforce Leadership Fellowships aim to raise up the next generation of pro-life leaders. We want to train student pro-life activists to be leaders on campus (and beyond) and to network those student leaders with their counterparts in the national pro-life movement to help further develop their skills and prepare for a career in the pro-life movement.

Wilberforce2013Meet the 2013-14 Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship Class

Annaleigh Atiyeh, LaSalle University, 2015
Major: Religion/Secondary Education
Wilberforce Mentor: Brendan O’Morchoe, National Director of Field Operations, Students for Life of America

Cera McCarragher, Purdue University, 2015
Major: Business Management, Spanish Minor
Wilberforce Mentor: Joe Young, Executive Director, Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Heroic Media

Claire Chretien, University of Alabama, 2015
Major: BA in Communication-Public Relations and American Studies, minor in Creative Writing
Wilberforce Mentor: Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

Connor York, Oregon State University, 2016
Major: Political Science, Spanish, International
Wilberforce Mentor: Dan McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs, Americans United for Life

Courtney McEachon, Yale University, 2015
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Wilberforce Mentor: Mary Catharine Maxian, M.D.

Deanna Candler, LSU School of Law, 2015
Juris Doctorate
Wilberforce Mentor: Jeanneane Maxon, Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Counsel, Americans United for Life

Katie Worley, Washington University, 2016
Major: Economics and Strategy (Business)
Wilberforce Mentor: Mike Spencer, Midwest Director of Training, Life Training Institute

Lisa Atkins, Boise State University, 2014
Major: Health Science/Pre-PA, minor in French
Wilberforce Mentor: Rebekah Barnes, Northwest Regional Coordinator, Students for Life of America

Rachel Bush, University of Texas, 2014
Major: Journalism
Wilberforce Mentor: Jill Stanek, Blogger, Jillstanek.com

Rachel Eldridge
Indiana Wesleyan University
Strategic Communication and Leadership Studies
2015
Jeanne Monahan
President, March for Life Education and Defense Fund

Samantha Sweet, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2014
Major: Exercise Science
Wilberforce Mentor: Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America

Zachary Hoopes, Virginia Tech, 2016
Major: Business Management, minor in Business Leadership
Wilberforce Mentor: Fr. Peter West, Vice President for Missions, Human Life International

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Meet the 2013-14 Stevens Leadership Fellowship Class

Connor, St. Paul, Minnesota

David, Charleston, AR

Gabriel, Sunbury, OH

Hope, Kalispell, MT

Kaitlynn, Tucson, Arizona

Margaret, Leesburg, VA

Sam, Branford, Connecticut