Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an associate professor in the journalism department at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a contributor at WCPO-TV Digital, and a communications consultant with UC’s Office of the Provost. With 20-plus years of reporting and teaching experience, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011 for her teaching of diverse cultures in a wide range of Service Learning courses for journalism students. In 2013, she received the university-wide Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Award for her advising work with students.

Project description: The series—A Prayer for Winton Terrace: Sister CircleThe Hard WayThe Turning PointThe Poverty Mindset and Salvation—is the story of LaMonica Sherman, who grew up in Walnut Hills, now spends most of her days on a desolate strip of Winneste Avenue in the middle of Cincinnati’s oldest housing project. She takes God with her every day to Winton Terrace, where she’s determined to make a difference not only in the lives of the people who live there, but in her own.

In her own words: ““I don’t think you can be restored without acknowledging the richness that your experiences have given you, and for me, this felt like the work that needed to be done. I feel like I have benefited so much and worked really hard, but also learned a lot about the transformative power of storytelling. We talk about it a lot, but I actually saw it happen. That to me was incredibly gratifying. That restorative lens informed how I shaped the narrative, how I chose details and quotes. It offered me a framework upon which to hang the story of LaMonica’s life.”

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