Many communities struggle with the issue of how to keep young people from leaving the area when they reach adulthood. Although most young adults probably leave in search of better jobs, some leave because they don’t appreciate their community or realize the benefits and amenities that their own backyards provide.
The Community Foundation of East Mississippi recently engaged in a project to listen to the voice of youth in the community by asking students to write essays about how they see the community. There were 147 essays submitted. I suspect that this project will result in some of the youth participants thinking about their community in a different way – and deciding that it is a pretty good place to live as an adult.