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Fellow Blog Posts

This Isn’t the Office I Imagined…

by Taylor Norton

By Taylor Norton (LFNC Fellow – Mid East Commission)  September 1, 2020 It is safe to say that when I entered my senior year at NC State, I had no idea the world would be completely different by March of 2020. The strange feeling of the year you have been …


Reversing the Narrative

by Elizabeth Mitchell

By Elizabeth Mitchell (LFNC Fellow – Martin County) August 31, 2020 In my undergraduate classes at UNC Chapel Hill, I learned about the mass migration of people from rural communities to urban hubs. Our fellowship is meant to bring young people back to local governments in areas experiencing population decline. …


Confronting Systemic Racism in Our Communities: An Essential Task for All Public Servants

by Drew Finley

By Drew Finely (LFNC Fellow – Hendersonville) August 31, 2020 Those who have read the New York Times bestselling book Just Mercy are familiar with civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s harrowing account of being racially profiled when he was practicing law in his twenties in Atlanta. One night, Stevenson was …


Finding My Brave in the #BraveNation

by Valerie Keys

By Valerie Keys (LFNC Fellow – Pembroke) July 23, 2020 As a recent college graduate and a young woman at the ripe age of 22, the world is constantly reminding me that I am not a “real adult.” Not to age my beloved grandmother, but she always makes a point …


Program News

LFNC Fellows Help Communities Respond to COVID-19

Posted 6 months ago

North Carolina’s local governments are on the frontlines of keeping residents safe and helping communities respond. The daily operations of North Carolina’s municipalities and counties have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in our state. As local governments grapple with … Continued

Russell Spearheads Covid-19 Student Response Corps

Posted 6 months ago

“North Carolina’s local governments and nonprofits are on the frontlines of keeping residents safe and helping communities respond to the global pandemic. The N.C. Covid-19 Student Response Corps leverages North Carolina’s greatest asset – our students and graduates and combines … Continued