Fellows Week 10: Garden County

When you last checked in with Kersten and Courtney, the two were working with the Garden County Communities For Kids Core Team to create a 4th of July carnival. Kersten and Courtney also held a meeting with First Five Nebraska organization, hosting a lobbyist for the state capital who discussed different data about the state of Nebraska’s decrease in funds for early childhood. 

Now, in their last three weeks, Kersten and Courtney are working on finishing their big project, interviewing Garden County community residents to discuss early childhood opportunities in the community and how communication can be improved about the different events being offered in the community. After all interviews have been completed,  Kersten and Courtney will determine common patterns found when it comes to the community’s early childhood experiences. When all common patterns are determined, Kersten and Courtney will present the patterns to the Garden County Community For Kids Core Team and discuss different strategies that could be implemented. 

In addition to finding common patterns, Kersten and Courtney will be researching grants that are available for Garden County to utilize, as well as surrounding areas, like Chappell. When researching grants, the two will be searching for grants that can help with early childhood experiences in the community. In addition to early childhood, the two are also searching for grants that will boost community vitality. 

Last but not least, Kersten and Courtney are sad to leave their community, but cannot thank Garden County for their hospitality. The two have grown in their 10 weeks in the community and have become stronger inclusive leaders than when they began this summer. 

Courtney in a spaceship from the photo booth at the library summer reading program!
Kersten in a spaceship from the photo booth at the library summer reading program!
Kersten and Dustin at the 4th of July Kids Carnival!
Kersten and Dustin at the 4th of July Kids Carnival!