Combating Feelings of Desperation

Combating Feelings of Desperation

Menifee County High School is located in rural Menifee County, in the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield. With the continuing decline of the coal mining industry in recent years, and due to a lack of other industries in the area, Menifee County residents struggle in the wake of diminishing job opportunities. The problems that affect many areas of the Appalachian region of the United States, including unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, and drug abuse, have begun to take their toll on Menifee County as well. As a result, not only do parents living in poverty feel depressed and hopeless, but sometimes their children do, too.

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Article for Mogul

Article for Mogul

At 35, I am fortunate to be able to reflect on how I got to where I am today working for a wonderful non-profit organization, Children Incorporated. Children Incorporated supports underprivileged kids in 23 countries, giving them the opportunity to get an education and break out of the cycle of poverty. I am not only incredibly proud of the work I do, but I am humbled by it each and every day. I have had the privilege of traveling around the world meeting children in our program and their families who face great adversary, yet still strive for a better future even though difficult circumstances surround them. It has taught me how to focus on what is important in life, and to be grateful that my path, although sometimes difficult, has brought me to do such gratifying work.

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