"Get up and seize the day."
By Maclaen Burningham, Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council Member
In August 2014, I interviewed Nate of Polson, Montana, as an Emerging Leader. I have included the questions I asked Nate and his responses below. Because Nate doesn't speak, I sent him the questions ahead of time and his family communicated with him to develop his answers. His dad spoke for him in the interview, with occasional nods of the head in agreement by Nate to what his dad said.
Maclaen: Thank you for agreeing to this interview. I am going to ask you some questions. Please answer them as thoroughly as you can. You don't have to answer any questions you don't want to answer. We want to help other young adults and their families understand how you are able to live, work, play and learn in your community. Where do you live?
Nate: I live in an apartment that used to be part of a duplex. My parents live upstairs. This gives me the potential in the future to gain more independence by learning to take care of myself.
Maclaen: Where do you work or volunteer?
Nate: Although currently I do not have paid employment, I volunteer at the local food bank with my dad. We re-package potatoes, recycle cardboard and pick up donations from a local grocery store. I enjoy the work as well as time with the staff.