Meet Shania Bennett, IGNITE's 22-23 Philadelphia Fellow

Shania Bennett is a second-year Philadelphia Fellow. She is a 22-year-old scholar and musician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shania started college at the age of 15 years old and is a proud alumna of Community College of Philadelphia. Shania graduated from Penn State Abington with her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Criminal Justice in December 2020. In May of 2018, Shania was elected in the city of Philadelphia to the position of Committee Person where she serves the 48th Ward 12th Division in South Philadelphia. She is one of the youngest ever to be elected in the city and state of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shania is also the founder of “Reach 4 Peace”, a non-violence peace initiative and is extremely passionate about creating safe, healthy, and hopeful communities for at risk youth- a mission she has adopted and embraced from CITIES UNITED. Shania currently serves her South Philadelphia community as the Neighborhood Advisory Coordinator at Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance where she works tirelessly to provide housing, utility and benefits access services in her service area. After 2 years of deciding a permanent career path, Shania has finally settled on becoming a law enforcement professional and plans to join the police department in 2022. For Philadelphia inquiries, please contact Shania at

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