2018 CHEF Reflections – Spencer Haynes, Mountain T.O.P.September 17, 2018
2018 CHEF Reflections – Ryan Fuller, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment AuthoritySeptember 28, 2018
My name is January Moore. I was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky which has given me great rewards as well as struggles. Growing up in poverty is not easy but does allow one to discover how to thrive, even when distressed. Because I am a first generation college student from Eastern Kentucky, I was given the opportunity to compete for a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky. Being the recipient of this scholarship has changed my life and instilled a great sense of value and pride in my Appalachian roots.
For my CHEF Internship position, I worked with Fahe’s Appalachia HEAT Squad (AHS) to help promote energy efficient education and practice throughout the program’s 9-county service region. AHS is a great program that allows families to improve their homes and save money, which a lot of people in the Appalachia really need.
I plan to use my family connections in the region to propel my work with Appalachia Heat Squad and give back to the community. After the initial CHEF gathering at the Fahe office in Berea, it was clear to me that there are many young individuals throughout the Appalachian region that feel the same sort of pride and have the same desire to give back wherever they can.
Aaron collects stories from Fahe Members and the people they help in order to present the needs of Appalachia to the public through written word and video. In his free time he nerds it up by playing RPGs, writing fantasy stories, and playing drums.
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Fahe's CHEF (Community Housing & Economic Fellowship) Interns participate in a 12-week summer program designed to provide internship opportunities for emerging professionals within the Appalachian region. With support from Rural LISC, Fahe's CHEF Program connects Appalachian students to internships within Fahe's nonprofit Member Network, creating opportunities to develop and retain leaders who will shape our region’s future.