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How one woman found a pathway to mentor hundreds of girls

Jantina's efforts to introduce young women to a story of inspiration and accomplishment prove that one person can have a big impact

April 24, 2017

Jantina Anderson, Manager, Human Resources, Residential HVAC, Carrier After watching the film Hidden Figures, Jantina knew that its message could resonate with her daughters — and the entire community. She started a crowdfunding effort

Building Community Mentor: Jantina Anderson, Manager, Human Resources, Residential HVAC, Carrier After watching the film Hidden Figures, Jantina knew that its message could resonate with her daughters — and the entire community. She started a crowdfunding effort to raise money for girls in the community to see the movie. In the end, her efforts resulted in thousands of dollars in donations, enabling 200 girls to experience the inspirational story. Question: Who or what motivated you to become involved in your community? Jantina Anderson: I was motivated by the academic and social challenges young african american girls face. I hope the girls who viewed Hidden Figures now understand that greatness resides in them. They have the ability to achieve absolutely anything they desire, despite the obstacles around them. Question: What surprised you most about becoming involved? Jantina Anderson: The positive response from the community was most surprising. Specifically the offers to volunteer time and provide financial support. Question: Why do you think organizing community events makes a difference? Jantina Anderson: Because it expresses a level of care and commitment that those in need may not experience elsewhere. Additionally, it creates an opportunity for individuals to gain a clearer perspective of particular issues and the challenges that others face daily. National Volunteer Week United Technologies