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Jane Franke

Jane Franke ’84, P’17, a French Literature major at Colorado College went on to receive her Master’s Degree in the Education of Teaching the Deaf at Columbia University in New York City. She is passionate about ensuring that all children and young adults have access to education. Following her work in the classroom teaching the deaf, she shifted her focus to creating educational programming and services for economically disadvantaged families and became a founding board member of Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown, New York.  Kids’ Club aims to improve the lives of underserved youth through support of academic, health, literacy and recreational programs. Looking to children around the world, she volunteered her time at The International Rescue Committee and Women’s Refugee Commission in New York City advocating for the world’s most vulnerable women and children. Currently at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s primary refugee resettlement agency, Franke teaches English and job readiness workshops within the employment division.