Lead for America Listening Tour
In August 2019, I returned to Worthington, Minnesota, as a Lead for America (LFA) Hometown Fellow. I never imagined being able to return to a small town with a bachelor's degree in political science, women's studies, and English, but here I am! My placement as an LFA Fellow was with the Southwest Initiative Foundation and Immigrant Law Center of MN (Worthington office).
At the beginning of the fellowship, we were asked to create a listening tour: "meaningfully engage with the community’s history through written and oral histories, learn more about the current context of the community across all sectors and experiences, and begin to build a deep understanding of the community’s hopes for its future." Below you will find the history of the City of Worthington, quotes from community members, and a community survey from winter 2019.