I was honored to help launch a new fellowship program to attract and retain talented workers in West Virginia. Six companies, including Downstream Strategies, are hiring Impact West Virginia Fellows to work in Morgantown, Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, and Wheeling.
Each week, fellows will work four days at their host company and volunteer one day for a local nonprofit. The application process started on January 31, and fellows will be announced in June.
Fellowship programs are more and more common across the country, but this is the first in West Virginia. They create a buzz among young people about the benefits of working and living in West Virginia, and they provide an opportunity to highlight innovative companies. I hope that this type of program is replicated and expanded across the state to provide more opportunities for young professionals to stay in West Virginia and help diversify the economy.