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Forging a Path In Unknown Territories

December 20, 2021

Forging a Path In Unknown Territories

by Jose Matute
12/20/21

As a first generation college graduate, much of my professional and personal path has consisted of forging a path forward in uncharted territory. I have also found that this is also true post-college. Oftentimes, this reality is anxiety inducing. I find myself pausing in real time wondering if I am …

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The Learning Curve

November 30, 2021

The Learning Curve

by Lauren Koesy
11/30/21

The Learning Curve I did not know what to expect when I started my fellowship at the Wake County Manager’s office. Was I intimidated to represent the program at the largest county in North Carolina? Yes, yes I was. Was I, like how many of my cohort and friends have …

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Fig Season

November 18, 2021

Fig Season

by Elizabeth Miller
11/18/21

On my first day of work in Hyde County, I learned of the annual fig festival held on Ocracoke, an island in the Outer Banks within the jurisdiction. Later that week, the county manager brought figs to share in the office and fixed a dish of warm figs, goat cheese, …

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Not in My Town: Discriminatory Housing Policy and Land Misuse in Rural NC

November 18, 2021

Not in My Town: Discriminatory Housing Policy and Land Misuse in Rural NC

by Curtis Lee
11/18/21

One of the largest and fastest growing concerns in America’s municipalities is that of affordable housing. While it has become increasingly clear that housing costs have outpaced wages across the US, and that there is a general shortage of affordable housing in many areas across the nation, much of the …

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“Voices from a Pandemic”: A Conversation with a Leader in Public Health

November 14, 2021

“Voices from a Pandemic”: A Conversation with a Leader in Public Health

by Nyreke Peters
11/14/21

As a part of my work scope as a fellow for Edgecombe County, I’ve been asked to strategize ways to increase the county’s overall vaccination rate. Currently, the vaccination rate in Edgecombe County is less than 45%. Although the number of COVID – 19 cases in Edgecombe County remains relatively …

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The Activist’s Dilemma

November 14, 2021

The Activist’s Dilemma

by Keegan Huynh
11/14/21

I am now three months into my fellowship with the Lead for NC program. Unlike many of my colleagues I have not followed a straight path to arrive at this point. In my pursuit of a career that allows me to engage in good trouble I have watched my path …

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Is Collaboration Necessary to Effectively Support Our Communities?

November 14, 2021

Is Collaboration Necessary to Effectively Support Our Communities?

by Taylor Colleton
11/14/21

In theory, the goal of every great non-profit/community organization is to support the success of the most vulnerable community members. The question is, can this be achieved in the most effective way when organizations refrain from collaboration? It is impossible to ignore the tremendous impact that nonprofits currently have on …

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The Transition.

November 14, 2021

The Transition.

by Jasmine Dyle
11/14/21

The transition is hard, and it is something that can’t be prepared for because it’s life. Somedays will be harder than others. One day it feels like the world is at your disposal and you’re at top of the mountain skying downhill. Then, BAM suddenly you hit a rock and …

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