Jessica Hendricks—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Cross-Cultural Solutions alum—discovered a creative way to make a positive impact in the world after volunteering abroad: women’s jewelry. Her Brave Collection features handcrafted bracelets by Cambodian artisans, and 10% of profits are donated to help end human trafficking. A Brave bracelet is far more than a fashion statement—each piece is a work of art that tells a story about human connection and strength.
As a CCS staff member, I had the opportunity to visit several work assignments during my one week service trip to Costa Rica. My colleague and Program Coordinator for CCS Cartago, Juvel, accompanied me on my first stop, a nursing home founded on the donations and efforts of the local community.
by Andrea Wien
I’d heard the advice. I’d taken the classes. I’d complained to my friends over brunch.
“I know I’m supposed to be following my passion. I know if I could just find ‘it,’ I could make ‘it’ happen. The problem is, I have no idea what ‘it’ is.”
What would you do if you had unlimited funds? I would travel the world, donate to charitable organizations, and live the life I often envisioned for myself, among other things. What if you did not have unlimited funds? Does that mean that you cannot do the things that you want to do? Absolutely not! It is my personal belief that if one has a passion for something, then one can do anything that one sets their mind to.