What's New: Voices from the Mountain

Collage of Interns and Rotaracts together during job shadow week

“I thought it would be boring”

I wanted to share with you the insights of a young woman who joined the Conservancy’s Intern Leadership program this…

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Domanique R. Head shot

When finding purpose becomes a passion

Taking a leap of faith: From The Howard School to an Internship in Africa If you knew me ten years…

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Beating the odds, graduates head to College and Military

The summer months of the Intern Program ended last week.  As we transition into school, life is looking very different…

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The first place I felt safe

(In Marquis’ words) I don’t know what your school was like, but when I started high school, there were more…

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volunteer crew

The Mountain saved me

It wasn’t like it was unexpected. Things had been pretty tough for Sayyid for a long time. But the day…

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Neal Howard

How we care for the land can teach us how to care for ourselves

I’ve been teaching English at The Howard School for 3 years. It’s been rewarding but not without challenges. I’ve seen…

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A powerful life-changing experience

“I was a pretty angry kid, maybe not all the time, but I was edgy,” reflects Alethea. You wouldn’t know…

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Carolyn Sailes

Changed our family’s path

(In Carolyn’s words) I have lived in Chattanooga my entire life. I was raised with four siblings and lived with…

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It’s a first…

For months, after having sent out dozens of college applications, I still had not heard from the two colleges that…

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